Dana White: USADA announcement ‘was straight-up scumbag-ism’
The UFC is no longer doing business with The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). The two sides failed to reach a contract extension and the partnership between the two sides will expire at the end of 2023. The USADA CEO Travis T. Tygart announced the split with a statement. UFC CEO Dana White was not happy with USADA’s announcement and claimed it ‘was straight-up scumbag-ism’.
“Let me just start with this: It wasn’t an announcement. It was a dirty move by them,” the UFC president said Thursday on “The Pat McAfee Show.” “There was no announcement yesterday. That was straight-up scumbag-ism what happened yesterday.”
In USADA’s statement, it referred to its relationship with the UFC as “untenable.” The root of the issues stemmed from the organization’s handling of Conor McGregor’s eligibility and the public statements made by UFC figures in the UFC community.
USADA was clearly upset with the UFC. That was made clear in its statement. Meanwhile, White’s criticism of the announcement showed there was animosity on both sides.
With USADA out of the picture, the UFC is hoping to continue its standard of PED testing under the guidance of a different third-party organization.
“It’s the best way to do it,” White said. “We have a standard that we’ve set here. But a lot of people are not happy with USADA. Our deal is up at the end of the year, and we’re working on going in another direction – especially after the dirty scumbag move that they pulled yesterday.”
More details regarding the future of the UFC Anti-Doping Program should be revealed soon as UFC Chief Business Officer Hunter Campbell and Senior Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance Jeff Novitzky are expected to speak to the media to address the news.
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