U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has some rather rigorous ways of testing athletes in a variety of disciplines. This is why many UFC-ers where fairly timid once the multibilion dollar empire entered into a partnership with it.
Since then many fighters have changed in appearance and certainly the ranking isn’t remotely where it used to be in the pre-USADA days.
Latest edition of the Joe Rogan Podcast featured a tale of how Jose Aldo tricked USADA into, well basically, not giving a sample.
The first time USADA knocked on the doors of current Lightweight champion he wouldn’t oblige. As Joe Rogan tells it:
“First time they came he wouldn’t do it, he wouldn’t take the test because he said he didn’t know the guy. But apparently the way it happens. You know I’ve talked to people that have been tested, you know it’s super shady. They come up to you, they’ll take you in a room they’ll test you. It’s not sterile. They just like… We wanna test you right now. They’ll watch you when you go to the bathroom. Tim Kenedy said they had to watch him take a shower. They had to look at him. Like you get home from training and they’re like “we wanna test you” so they’ll put you like .. If you’re like can I take a shower they go I can’t take my eyes off of you.
It’s that way for a reason. Cheating”
Joe Rogan quickly added:
“So the Aldo guy, they’re trying to deport him, trying to kick him out of Brazil. Like literally trying to get him out of there. Saying you don’t have any authority to test us, you’re not even from this country. They’re throwing a kitchen sink at him. Then finally the next day they get him to test. He does the test then he trips and spills it. “
The JRE gang continues:
“I’ts like: Whaaat. And so he has to go and give them another one. And then what. It doesn’t mean anything. He didn’t fail. It doesn’t mean anything but these guys it’s all these guys like Wanderley who runs away from the guy. They go to his gym, goes I gotto go and takes off. He got f*cked more than anybody ever in the history of that. Because they banned him for life which is insane. “
There was an audio “leak” from inside the UFC production truck right before Saturday night’s fight where I said that Jose Aldo’s body looked smooth and deflated, and that I didn’t want to jump to any conclusions and that it could have just been from doing a lot of cardio. I also said he looked nervous. Needless to say this caused a lot of controversy. Since then people have posted photos of Aldo recently as well as from this fight, and he looked very similar. So for that, I stand corrected. My apologies for being wrong to Aldo and his trainer Andre Pederneiras. I have nothing but admiration and respect for both of them. This wasn’t supposed to be a public conversation, I was just talking to my friend the producer in the truck privately. As you can see from this photo from earlier in his career his body looked different from how he looked Saturday night. There are several possible reasons for that, one of them being that the 1st photo is him moving, and another that he had endurance problems in the later rounds of his fights and might have leaned out. Another thing some were upset with was that I didn’t want an immediate rematch, and that I thought Conor should fight Frankie Edgar. My reasons for this are that I think Frankie stylistically is a great match up for Conor. I also think that when someone suffers a brutal knockout they should take a lot of time off to recover. I’m not a promoter, and I don’t get to decide who fights who or when, and for that I’m grateful. What I am though, is someone who respects and cares very deeply for fighters and their health. Too many times I’ve seen fighters come back too soon from being KO’ed and watch them not be able to absorb punishment anymore. Aldo is on my short list of all time favorite fighters, along with Wanderlei Silva, Anderson Silva, GSP, Mighty Mouse, and Fedor. I would love to see Aldo back motivated for revenge and gunning to regain his title. First though, I’d like to see him rest and recover. Again, my apologies to Jose Aldo and Andre Pederneiras and anyone else I offended with my opinions.