Despite facing some pretty heavy allegations from a report suggesting Floyd Mayweather used a WADA-banned IV before his fight with Manny Pacquiao, USADA hasn’t been abandoned by its business partners.
The UFC, which recently entered a partnership with USADA to enhance PED testing for all of its contracted fighters, reiterated its confidence in the drug-testing body
The promotion’s vice president of athlete health and performance Jeff Novitsky told MMAFighting:
“Based on 15 years of working with them and seeing how they make decisions and seeing how those decisions are ethical and how every single time they adhere to carrying out the WADA code, I have 100 percent confidence that we have enlisted the gold standard, best anti-doping agency in the world.
And all of our athletes should have that same trust and confidence. I haven’t lost any of that in USADA. They’re the best.”
The UFC announced its new drug-testing policy earlier this year, shortly after several of its biggest fighters—including former middleweight champion and pound-for-pound king Anderson Silva—tested positive for banned substances.
The policy, which went into effect in July, ensured every fighter on the roster would be subject to year-round random drug testing. It also enacted stricter penalties for all offenders.