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Should Pro MMA Fighters be subject to WADA Protocols?

gonar2011-03-04 15:25:46 +0000 #1
all olympic sports, pro cycling, pro track, etc are subject to the World Anti-Doping Agency substance testing standards and protocols.

while it is a far from perfect system, it provides for truly random in and out of competition testing (as in testers show up while you are out to dinner with your wife and draw blood and take piss in the restaurant bathroom), the labs are internationally certified, the records are meticulous yadda yadda.

it is a system that makes it very hard and prohibitively expensive to cheat (unless you have a multi-million dollar doping budget as several pro cycling teams have had) and is mostly outside the control of the event organizers. it also has a HUGE budget to develop tests to catch the latest greatest drugs.

what do you think, should CSAC and NSAC (since all the other ACs follow their lead) band together and require that all fighters be subject to WADA monitoring for some to be specified period of time prior to their next fight under jursdiction and remain subject for the duration of their careers if they ever want to fight in Cali or nevada again?

BruceLee2011-03-04 15:38:26 +0000 #2
Not gonna happen. You can't even get the NFL to follow WADA.
The_Splatoon2011-03-04 16:07:46 +0000 #3

Originally Posted by BruceLee

Not gonna happen. You can't even get the NFL to follow WADA.

Hypothetically yes, but pretty much this.
E51502011-03-04 15:55:31 +0000 #4
No, because I fully support the use of steroids and any other chemicals that fighters can get their hands on to improve their ability to compete.

Their job is to be the best fighter possible, why are we limiting their ability to do that? They are ****ing adults, they should be able to make these choices themselves.
Ash2011-03-04 16:01:00 +0000 #5
Because their decisions to roid directly affects their competition which may be clean. Every legitimate sport has anti-doping policies, and MMA should be no different.

The only circumstance I support such a thing is if you're coming off surgery or a significant injury and can greatly cut your recovery time down. But, that is a real slippery slope, so I'd rather they just be done away with entirely.
LordZardoz2011-03-04 15:42:43 +0000 #6
Should MMA fighters be subject to WADA?

Yes, I think this would be a good thing. I also think it will be the very last step to MMA getting mass market legitimacy. Anti-doping measures only when the general fanbase gives a damn about the integrity of the results, or when the fanbase expects the athletes involved to act as role models for their children. MMA is just not at that point yet.

At the moment, I see the general todo list for legitimizing MMA for any given jurisdiction.

1) Should this sport be legal at all?

2) How should each round be scored?

3) How should the weight classes be handled?

4) Which rules should be in place

5) What kind of PED testing should be in place?

Items 1, 3, and 4 are legality issues. Solving them allows the events to happen. Letting events happen increases revenue, so they are the ones most likely to be worked on.

Items 2 and 3 also impact the credibility of the sport. If skill is comparable, then size and strength matter a great deal in a combat sport. The judging of matches that go to a decision is also something that becomes more important as the skill of those involved gets more competitive.

The legality issues are largely solved. The weight classes are mostly a done deal. There may be some modification at heavyweight as the sport starts to become more attractive to athletically gifted people of that size.

The drug testing is a partly solved issue at least in as far as there a general consensus that the drug testing should exist. But the testing is an expense item. Improving testing costs you money, and the only reason to spend that money is if spending it is less expensive than not spending it.

The major team sports mostly test because of public image concerns; The athletes are expected to be role models to children. There is not WADA level testing in the NFL / NBA / NHL / MLB because being a team sport, absolutely everyone would have to be juicing in order to skew the results. No one cares if a 4th line depth player with only 3 minutes of ice time per game (or the non hockey equivalents of that guy) are on roids.

But in most olympic events, which are not team events, PED's will have a bigger effect on the results. On top of that, you have the international politics that get sucked into this.

For MMA, I think that there will eventually be that level of testing, but we are a very long way from that happening.




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