Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipÂ® announced today that all potential UFCÂ® and STRIKEFORCEÂ® signees will be subject to a mandatory pre-contract screening for performance-enhancing drugs. Beginning Jan. 1, 2012, all incoming athletes will be tested prior to finalizing a contract with the world_s premier mixed martial arts organization.
UFC and STRIKEFORCE already work closely with regulators and athletic commissions to ensure the health and safety of athletes prior to competition. This includes contestants on The Ultimate FighterÂ®, all of whom are pre-screened for performance-enhancing drugs prior to participation.
All current UFC and STRIKEFORCE athletes will continue to be screened for performance-enhancing drugs, both prior to competition and at random, in accordance with athletic commission rules and regulations.
"We_re committed to the health and safety of our athletes and we take it very seriously," UFC Chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta said. "We already work closely with athletic commissions to protect our athletes and now we_re taking it one step further. We_re going to test any potential UFC or STRIKEFORCE fighter before finalizing their contract. This shows that we don_t want performance-enhancing drugs in our sport."
"The health and safety of our athletes is our top priority," UFC President Dana White said. "We_ve seen the issues performance-enhancing drugs have caused in other sports and we_re going to do everything we can to keep them out of the UFC and STRIKEFORCE. Our athletes are already held to the highest testing standards in all sports by athletic commissions. Our new testing policy for performance-enhancing drugs only further shows how important it is to us to have our athletes competing on a level playing field."
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