Video: Is the UFC’s post-USADA anti-doping program better for fighters?

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January 6, 2024 6:45 pm ET

Details surrounding the UFC’s new anti-doping program have been revealed.

The promotion has cut ties with U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and rolled out a new program with testing to be handled by Drug Free Sport International. Administration and sanctioning will be overseen independently by Combat Sports Anti-Doping (CSAD), headed by president George Piro.

On the surface, there appear to be many similarities between the two programs. Fighters will still be expected to keep up with quarterly whereabouts and they will be subject to unannounced sample collection at anytime, anyplace. There have been modifications to the prohibited substance list, such as the removal of marijuana.

While it may be hard to gauge until the fighters have experienced it, do we think the new program be better? Will the changes make a significant difference?

That’s what we asked our “Spinning Back Clique” panel of Brian “Goze” Garcia, Mike Bohn and Danny Segura, who tackled the topic with host “Gorgeous” George Garcia.

Check out their conversation above, and don’t miss this week’s full episode below.

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