So it looks like the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) is finally starting to make the changes Georges St. Pierre was looking for, and now "Rush" can't even come back to take advantage of them, thanks to another gnarly knee injury.
Better injured than "stupid," I suppose.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight kingpin Jon Jones asked the Maryland State Athletic Commission (MSAC) to test him -- as well as UFC 172 challenger Glover Teixeira -- before and after their April 26 headliner in Baltimore.
And in a statement provided to MMAmania.com, the MSAC believes that random, out-of-competition drug testing will "reflect favorably upon the sport."
"The Maryland State Athletic Commission respects, and maintains, the confidentiality of the out-of-competition random drug testing currently being conducted of professional MMA fighters Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira as they prepare to compete in UFC 172 on April 26, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. Given that one or both of these individuals have commented publicly on such testing, the Maryland State Athletic Commission commends Mr. Jones and Mr. Teixeira, as well as Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), for their cooperation in supporting these additional drug testing measures. The Maryland State Athletic Commission believes that such measures are significant and reflect favorably upon the sport of MMA We are looking forward to regulating UFC 172 in Baltimore. To ensure the confidentiality of testing, there will be no further comment from the Maryland State Athletic Commission on this subject at this time."
Each test includes samples of blood and urine.
It should be noted that neither Jones nor Teixeira have ever tested positive for any type of banned substances, including performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) and recreational drugs, among others, in their storied professional combat sports careers.
Hopefully it stays that way.
First the ban on testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) and now random drug testing. Is the sport of MMA finally headed in the right direction?