UFC president Dana White was not happy at all how the USADA annunced the news of its partnership ending with the leading MMA promotion. USADA claimed the relationship between them and UFC became untenable lately, mostly due to the turns and tides of Conor McGregor’s return.
“Let me just start with this: It wasn’t an announcement,” White said Thursday.” “It was a dirty move by them.”
“There was no announcement yesterday. That was straight-up scumbagism.”
UFC will partner up with Drug Free Sport International
Now the world’s leading MMA promotion will go on with another anti-doping agency.
UFC’ Hunter Campbell and Jeff Novitsky announced Thursday that the UFC will partner with Drug Free Sport International to run its anti-doping program starting next year.
“We didn’t terminate the USADA partnership. We just informed them that we wouldn’t be renewing and that we would be building out a new program at the beginning of the year. So, the testing continues, everything is status quo through the end of the year until something happens otherwise, I don’t know. It’s going to be a complicated relationship for the next few months. Conor (McGregor) is 100 percent in the pool,” Campbell said at a press conference.
“Frankly, I would say, the first six years of the program, USADA was an incredible partner. I know that we built out the single greatest testing program in all of professional sports.”