(Updated) Report: UFC to Announce Partnership With USADA, New Health And Performance Program
By FCF Staff
Earlier this year the Ultimate Fighting Championship announced it will begin funding random drug testing this July, and the promotion is expected to confirm today that the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) will manage the new program.
The UFC is holding a press conference today at 2:00 PM/EST. According to a report from MMA Junkie.com, sources have reported that the UFC will announce that the partnering organization is the USADA.
The testing is part of the UFC’s new “Athlete Health and Performance Program”, which will involve partnerships with fitness and nutrition specialists, as well as physical therapists. The hope being that these programs will reduce fighter injuries and improve rehabilitation times.
The program will also include a career-services initiative, which will help fighters transition out of fighting and into the job market, once they’ve retired from pro MMA.
The UFC is set to open a new corporate headquarters next year in Las Vegas, which will also include training and rehab facilities.
Update: During today’s press conference the UFC confirmed that the USADA will serve as the independent administrator of its new anti-doping policy.