3 June 2015

WADA commends UFC for enhanced anti-doping programme

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) today commended the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) for its decision to adopt a robust new anti-doping programme. The rules are expressly modelled on key elements of the World Anti-Doping Code, and will be implemented by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

“We are pleased that the UFC has announced its intent to install a significantly enhanced anti-doping programme, and that it will be undertaken by a very experienced National Anti-Doping Organisation in USADA” said WADA Director General, David Howman.

“In areas ranging from testing to transparency to the sport’s prohibited substances and methods, the UFC’s programme will follow a World Anti-Doping Code programme but for one exception relating to sanctions,” he said.

“The UFC programme will set the bar high for other professional leagues in North America, and will send a strong message that the rights of clean athletes should prevail,” added Howman.