according to On Thursday, the UFC and USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) announced several significant changes to the anti-doping policy that governs athletes competing inside the Octagon.
Here are a few of the more notable changes going into effect under the new version of the UFC’s anti-doping policy.
Retired Fighters, New UFC Fighters and Fighters Returning to the UFCZuffa LLC via Getty Images/Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLCPossibly the most significant changes come to the section of the anti-doping code that deals with retired fighters, fighters returning to the UFC and new competitors just joining the UFC roster.
USADA also retains the rights to consider that past use if the athlete violates the anti-doping policy at some point later in their UFC career.
The full list of changes to the UFC’s anti-doping policy are available here.
referring to But it seems clear USADA is adapting based on the situations it’s encountered since the UFC anti-doping policy was put into effect in July 2015.
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which partners with the UFC, has revised its anti-doping rules, addressing several issues that arose in high-profile cases.
Related: UFC president hopeful of ‘Cyborg’ Justino return while USADA weighs therapeutic-use exemptionStill, the change signals USADA is getting more serious about vetting returning fighters.
That blocked UFC vet Angela Hill from a fight with Jessica Andrade at UFC 207, requiring USADA to grant a special waiver.
New or returning fighters who have a therapeutic-use exemption or are given one by USADA will not be punished.
USADA changes UFC anti-doping policy
United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) is making a couple of significant changes to its existing drug-testing program in order to better serve the mixed martial arts (MMA) community.
“The majority of these changes are athlete driven,” UFC vice president of athlete health and performance Jeff Novitzky told MMA Fighting.
All of these changes are a result of that interaction and feedback from athletes and camps.”For much more on UFC’s partnership with USADA click here.
Athletes who fail to disclose the use of banned substances prior to signing with UFC will still be sanctioned if they pop for said substances.
Fighters who retire or quit UFC will not be eligible to compete without a six-month testing period, increased from the previous four months; however, fighters who get fired or make their UFC debut only have to wait one month.
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