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UFC's Dana White, Lorenzo Fertitta to address recent drug tests failure mania during press conference on Feb. 18

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Mark your calendars ...

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

While Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White seems to have limited his scrums and always-informative interviews with mixed martial arts (MMA) media, he'll soon step out of the shadows to address the recent outbreak of failed drug tests.

According to a report from "UFC Tonight" (via Sherdog), White -- along with UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta -- will hold a special press conference on Feb. 18, 2015, to address the alarming issue that seems to be getting out of hand.

And it couldn't have come at a better time, as six weeks and four events into the New Year, the world's leading MMA promotion saw four of its top stars fail pre- and post-fight drug tests, beginning with the Internet-breaking news that light heavyweight champion Jon Jones had tested positive for cocaine prior to his title fight against Daniel Cormier at UFC 182 on Jan. 3, 2015.

A few weeks later, the MMA world was turned on its head yet again when news broke that Anderson Silva tested positive for steroids for his fight against Nick Diaz at UFC 183. Speaking of Diaz, he failed his own drug test for marijuana.

Hector Lombard piled on to the bad news as he was flagged for steroids following his victory over Josh Burkman, which also went down at UFC 182.

The big factor in all of this is that all of the offenders were busted by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), which will undoubtedly grill the aforementioned fighters when they are summoned to appear for a hearing to answer for their transgressions on Feb. 17, 2015.

That's one day before UFC's planned press conference.

So mark your calendars ladies and gents, as UFC's head honchos will attempt to answer the bevy of questions launched their way and hopefully get down to the bottom of an "epidemic" that seemingly has no end in sight.