LOS ANGELES – Tyron Woodley was in Atlanta earlier this month for the Super Bowl weekend. The UFC welterweight champion had organized several events and games, some of which would bring him a nice penny.
Then, USADA came to call.
Woodley said at a UFC 235 media luncheon on Monday that a USADA Doping Control Officer had contacted him late at night on a weekend day and that he was ning He was not able to come and take his drug test sample well before midnight. Woodley said he lost $ 10,000 because he was unable to attend one of the events for which he was paid.
"They have me tested the Super Bowl weekend," Woodley said. "The lady came to me, bless her soul, because I told her a few unspecified words. But with respect. She came to test me at noon on the weekend of the Super Bowl. Knowing the reason for my stay in Atlanta was probably due to the Super Bowl. And I had appearances to which I was supposed to be. I had an event with [NFL player] Devon Freeman and Meek Mill, I had to be at an event with Ludacris and an event with Snoop Dogg.
"And I was at the hotel waiting for 45 minutes of traffic to test me. She therefore tested me around 1am. And I missed those events. So I asked him, I told him, "Why can not you test me in the morning? I will be there. [She said,] "Oh, let me call them and ask them if I can test you in the morning." They replied, "No, I have to test you now."
USADA, the UFC's anti-doping partner, can show up at any time, regardless of where a fighter has to go for random testing. Fighters should indicate every three months where they are on a smartphone application stating to USADA where they will be each day. If a fighter does not correctly report this information or miss doping control officers three times in a 12-month period, he or she may face an anti-doping policy violation that results in suspension similar to failure. drug testing.
"Under the UFC anti-doping policy, athletes are subject to out-of-competition testing, without notice, 365 days a year," says the UFC Athlete's Anti-Doping Manual. "We are ensuring that there is no blackout period during which those who seek to gain an unfair advantage could take performance enhancing drugs without detection. The USADA tests are designed to maximize detection and deterrence to ensure athletes have the opportunity to compete in a fair and level Octagon. "
Woodley (19-3-1), who defends his title against Kamaru Usman in the UFC 235 finals, said it was saddening him to have asked the doping control officer why she had not tested it sooner. said that she had "an event."
"Why the hell did not you test it earlier today?" Woodley asked. "Oh, I had an event I had to go to." I have an event I have to go to: I'm running out of money because I'm supposed to be here. She said, "Oh, I can meet you there." I said, "No, you can not come in, you can not be on the list." So I had to wait there and she had to test me at 1 am and I was not happy.
USADA spokesperson, Adam Woullard, wrote in a statement to MMA Fighting that the agency was unaware that Woodley had a paid appearance when the Doping Control Officer made contact with him. to this date.
"USADA is making attempts based on the information provided by the athletes on their location records," wrote Woullard. "If the location information is kept up-to-date with accurate information and we see situations that make no sense logistically, we'll plan accordingly. In this case, the opportunity seemed appropriate given the information we had and we did not know that Woodley had a paid appearance when we first contacted him. "
Woodley, 36, has only been tested once this year, according to the USADA online database, likely on the Super Bowl weekend sample collection. It has been tested 10 times in 2018 and eight times in 2017. Woodley has never failed a drug test.