According to Sherdog.com, UFC has decided to abandon out-of-competition drug testing. Instead UFC will help fund the athletics commissions in states to improve their testing program. The situation regarding Cung Le is the reason for not going forward with the previous announced year-round testing of all UFC fighters.
UFC has decided to not do out-competition drug testing, is it bad for the sport? does it affect the reputation of the MMA and UFC at all? The answer to that question depends very much on where you are and coming from. If for example the high profile swedish fighter Alexander Gustafsson ever get busted for steroids or any other kind of PED´s, Alexander Gustafsson would never bounce back from that in his country Sweden. If you consider the the attitude the Swedes have regarding doping, they do not forgive convicted PED cheaters. Even a super popular fighter and star like Alexander Gustavsson couldn´t survive the shame cheating with doping is for the Swedish people. But if you are a fighter from the USA, like Stephan Bonnar or the multi PED felon Chael Sonnen, the public and fans doesn´t seems to care so much, they forget and forgive. Stephan Bonnar was inducted in “UFC´s Hall Of Fame”, and Chael Sonnen got a high profile job at ESPN as a sports commentator/analyst, despite being cheaters and PED users. If Alexander Gustafsson ever cheat like Stephan Bonnar and Chael Sonnen did, Alexander will properly never be forgiven or talked about by his own people in Sweden.
Norway is the latest country that allowed pro-boxing. Many people in Norway got very excited about this, including multi-champion female boxer Cecilia Brækhus who currently holds WBA, WBC, IBF, and WBO titles. Later all the Norwegians found out that no boxing promotion is allow to have an event in Norway unless the promotion can document WADA approved drug testing program. EBU is sanctioning the boxing Cecilia Brækhus do, and their anti-doping program is not approved by WADA. So there is now a delay for pro-boxing event on norwegian soil, until they figure out how to make a WADA approved event. Cecilia Brækhus is by the way complying with WADA standards, and she is always reporting her location at all time, so she can be tested anytime any place. It is likely that new markets where UFC wants to go will demand WADA approved drug testing program.
It is a shame that UFC not stepping up their drug testing program in 2015 as they promised earlier. UFC should get a anti-doping program that is WADA approved. That is clearly the best way to clean up to sport, so fighters can be safer, and the fans could finally be certain that the best man or woman won. It is good that UFC will help fund to make the athletics commissions drug testing better. But the big problem is that the athletics commissions is not anywhere near good enough. It is so far away for international standards. If UFC will be the best and most respected MMA promotion world wide, they must soon comply with WADA standards.