UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta wants to do his part to clean up the sport he loves and promotes.
Fertitta appeared on Wednesday night’s episode of “UFC Tonight” to discuss plans on more randomized drug testing for the active roster he runs. That includes some 500 athletes, and Fertitta believes being proactive is the only approach.
“(Drug use) is becoming less of a problem because we have really stepped up our game as far as testing,” he said. “For these athletes, there’s nowhere to hide. The first step was working with the various athletic commissions to make sure we had testing for the night of the fight, for every fighter on the card. Whereas it used to be years ago, it was more of a random basis. They would test the main event and maybe some of the other fighters.”
Most recently, Cung Le was found to have HGH in his system after a test conducted following a loss to Michael Bisping. Since the bout took place in China, the UFC acted as the athletic commission. Le is just the latest in a long line of fighters found to have banned substances in their system.
“Some of these performance enhancing drugs started to maybe evolve and get better, it’s harder to test for some of those drugs because they were out of your system quickly,” Fertitta said. “We started to implement random testing. Working with the Nevada Athletic Commission and funding that testing protocol.