Will the UFC be brought into the Biogenesis drama?
UFC president Dana White is hoping that is not the case. He has addressed the possibility, though, after a recent report claimed that UFC athletes were among those connected to the defunct South Florida clinic that has been accused of providing performance-enhancing drugs to players.
"Obviously, it’s an athletic commission issue, but it’s just one of those things," White said, according to USA Today. "It’s just another (expletive) headache I don’t need."
No MMA athletes have been named, but White seems interested in catching up on the issue. According to the story, after Saturday night’s UFC on FOX 8 event, White asked reporters questions about Biogenesis and the kind of drugs it allegedly supplied athletes.
"If a guy signs a contract with me and then comes out on a list, it’s not going to be good,” he told the site. “It’s going to suck."
According to the report, White has taken a “hard line on the use of prescribed testosterone, going so far as to say he’d like to stamp out the issuing of therapeutic use exemptions by state athletic commissions to compete on TRT.”
He pointed out that the role of state athletic commissions that can conduct fight-night, or even outside of competition, testing in the sport.
"If you’re one of the big guys, you’re getting tested," White told the site. "And if you’re remotely suspicious, you’re getting tested. It’s the government. It’s how they make their money. They bust these guys on this stuff. That’s how they get paid. That’s what they’re there to do. They want to catch people. Trust me.
"Athletic commissions aren’t doing me any favors at all, and who is a bigger pain in the ass to the athletic commission than me? All I do is talk about their … judges and referees."