During a special press conference on Wednesday afternoon, UFC Chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta and President Dana White announced a new plan to implement comprehensive out-of-competition random performance enhancing drug (PED) testing.
The new drug testing protocol will take effect in July 2015, and will include approximately the entire 585 fighters on the roster. According to Fertitta, the UFC is currently in talks with several renowned international drug testing association to create the drug testing protocol.
The new protocol will be in addition to any drug testing policies already implemented by commissions across North America.
The promotion revealed that they would also advocate for longer suspensions and harsher punishments for fighters who test positive for any banned substance. While standard suspensions are currently nine months, Fertitta mentioned that they would look into potentially extending such bans to either two or four years. They added that “several million dollars” are being committed to the out-of-competition drug testing cause.
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