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By Zach Arnold | December 27, 2012
Video courtesy of MMAFighting.com
Give Kevin Iole credit for asking Dana White the right questions when it comes to the issue of drug testing in Mixed Martial Arts. I’ve been begging for more members of the media to get smartened up on what’s real and what’s not regarding Dana’s claims about being ‘regulated by the Government,’ which is preposterous spin that Baghdad Bob would be proud of.
So, naturally, Kevin Iole is getting trashed on social media for pressing Dana appropriately when it comes to the issue of drug usage in MMA.
That’s the headline of Kevin’s article on Yahoo talking about White’s comments today. In many respects, the headline writer did Dana a huge favor and fell into Dana’s smart trick by moving the goalposts on the subject. Rather than talking about rampant testosterone usage, Dana is getting away with framing the issue now as a marijuana vs. PED drug usage situation. It’s masterful, on paper, because low-information news consumers (like the ones UFC is targeting with Ronda Rousey’s media stunts & remarks) will go into ‘marijuana should be legal!’ default mode instead of actually examining the real drug usage problems in the sport.
The problem for Dana is that when you actually listen to him try to spin his talking points about drug usage in MMA, he sounds like a fool who is ready to get exposed at any second.
Start at the 10 minute time mark of the embedded video.
“Government is involved in this sport but not other sports.”
Dana then rants and raves about going after veteran/retired athletes for past drug usage instead of busting the current athletes, which he blames on the strength of player unions.
“Don’t go after the old guys. … Everybody knew what they doing in the
fucking 80s. … Go after the guys that are playing now.”
“It’s all a crock of
shit. You either get serious and go after it or just shut up about it and leave it alone.”
Kevin Iole brought up Victor Conte’s name and Dana went off in a volcanic eruption.
Fuck Victor Conte. The guy’s a lying, two-faced piece of shit. I can’t stand that guy. You’re the biggest cheater in the history of the fucking sports world and now because you can’t make a living cheating any more, you want to flip to the other side and start calling people out, pointing fingers. … Victor Conte is a two-faced piece of shit. I don’t care what his position is. I don’t care about him. Now he’s trying to flip the script so he can make a living on the other side.”
“We’re regulated by the
“[MMA drug testing procedures are] better than anybody’s else.”
“But it’s better in baseball and football? Oh my God. You think they randomly test? You think they’re going to test some of their big star players? But if that’s want people want to believe…”
Interestingly, when Kevin Iole mentioned Dr. Margaret Goodman’s name… Dana wanted no part in talking about her.
The problem for Dana, as you’ll hear in the video, is that he’s talking about 80% of MMA fighters using marijuana and yet he’s let Nick Diaz blow in the wind and suspended Thiago Silva for six months after a positive test for marijuana metabolites. So, the UFC spin on marijuana doesn’t jive there.
Of course, when you have Che Guevera in California booking a ‘marijuana doctor’ for shows…
The spin on “government regulation” is laughable, especially in Nevada where Keith Kizer relies upon non-endocrinologist Dr. Timothy Trainor to reportedly issue the hall passes for testosterone usage. UFC uses Dr. Jeff Davidson for overseas shows where no commission is regulating them and we know that numerous fighters on past UFC overseas shows have had testosterone hall passes.
For the life of me, I don’t know why Dana White continues to talk about the drug testing issue. He should plead the Fifth every single time a drug testing question comes up and advise the press to go talk to Marc Ratner instead. He would save himself a lot of grief.