UFC Owner Lorenzo Fertitta Says UFC Would Go Out Of Business If They Used Year-Long Drug Testing
Posted by Joseph Lee on 05.02.2014
It's not financially responsible...
In an interview with MMA Junkie, the UFC's Lorenzo Fertitta said that the promotion would probably go out of business if it tested its fighters for performance-enhancing drugs all year long. The cost of testing is $45,000 per fight. Here are highlights:
On trying to eliminate PEDs from UFC: "We're developing this as we go along, and it's not something where we're going to have all the answers right away on this. The sport has made tremendous strides over the last 12 to 24 months, as far as drug testing, and I'll argue beyond any other sport – I don't know any other sports that are doing enhanced drug testing and have the commitment that we're giving."
On working with athletic commissions: "We said we would do it, and we're going to do it. Now we're going to continue to work with them to see if there's maybe a way to get a deal where we're doing so many of them that the cost will come down or becomes a little bit more cost-effective."
On enhanced testing for big fights: "I think we're going to have to get smart about how we deal with it. Obviously, for some of the bigger fights, you're going to do the enhanced drug testing no matter what it costs. I think for some of the other fights, we're going to have to be smart. Maybe, I'm just throwing this out, maybe it's kind of half an enhanced drug test. I don't know. But we need to come to some resolution that accomplishes our goal of ridding the sport of performance-enhancing drugs and at the same time being somewhat reasonable from a cost standpoint. We may have to go to some states and get some additional funding, but this is all very new."