SYDNEY AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 23: BJ Penn of the USA looks on during a Press Conference ahead of UFC 127 at Star City on February 23 2011 in Sydney Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Two shlongs don't make a right. At least not until they pass a self-imposed drug test.
Sooner or later, former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight and Welterweight Champion, B.J. Penn, will lock horns with top 170-pound prospect Rory MacDonald. And when he does, their much-ballyhooed drug screening will be on the house.
Thanks to the whizz kids at the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA).
Both Penn and MacDonald will be subjected to a battery of random blood and urine tests prior to their pending scrap, which was postponed from the UFC 152 event next month in Toronto after "Ares" sustained a nasty gash in training camp.
The rumor mill has them unofficially paired off for UFC on FOX 5.
After the jump, VADA explains (via Fighters Only) why it's committed to sponsoring "The Prodigy" and his opponent for their year-end showdown and how it's "trying to sponsor as many fighters as possible."
Check it out.
The Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) tests that BJ Penn and Rory MacDonald have agreed to undergo will cost between $5,000 and $10,000. But the two fighters will not have to pay this cost because VADA has agreed to ‘sponsor' their fight and waive the testing fee.
"The costs are for the actual tests and the doping collection officers who travel to the fighters' locations. There are no additional administrative costs. I don't have an exact number, but the costs could run between $5-10,000 per athlete," a VADA spokesperson says.
VADA "is a 501 c3 charitable organization" and to date, has worked with athletes such as Nonito Donaire, Saul Alvarez Shane Mosley and Ben Askren. Its comprehensive testing program is considered to be superior to the standard pre and post-fight screenings offered by local athletic commissions.
Anyone think this is the beginning of a new era in MMA drug testing? Or just another dog-and-pony show from Penn?
For more on their upcoming screenings, which operate independently and outside the scope of the UFC, head over to the VADA website by clicking here. For more on the Rory MacDonald vs. B.J. Penn fight click here.