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Roy Nelson on UFC's new drug testing policy: You can still take drugs and pass USADA test

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Roy Nelson has long been an advocate for stricter drug testing in an attempt to do his part to clean up the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA).

So you would think "Big Country" would be thrilled now that the new Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) drug testing program is in full effect, right?


According to his comments to FOX Sports, Nelson believes UFC is still in the same boat despite the new regulations, which took effect last July. He also revealed he will no longer advocate for a cleaner sport and will simply "go with the flow."

"On the testing thing with PEDs, I think we are still in the same spot as we were before. We're talking about it more but I think we're in the same boat as we were before. I think it's like the war on drugs, but they're still being flown in. For me, it doesn't matter. I'm not in the drug-testing business and I'm not an employee so I'm not worried about what guys are doing anyways. You can do cocaine and still be okay. Jon Jones did that before. You could be like 'I have an exemption and a doctor's note that says it's okay' and as long as you put that out there it's okay. As long as you put it out there like 'Hey, I'm taking this because the doc says it's cool,' you can still take it and pass the USADA test, so it's still cool."

He continues:

"You just kind of go with the flow. Drugs are bad. That's what I'm going with now. That's what they say to say now, so that's what I'm going with. Before it was 'drugs, just don't talk about them' so I'm just going with the flow.
I've gone in fights where I know the guy is on stuff so it doesn't really matter anyways. It's just one of those things. As long as the fans know what kind of a person this is, that's all that matters."

Of course, it's still too early to accurately assess the success of the new drug-testing policy, but "Big Country" doesn't like what he's seen so far.

Nelson will next take on Josh Barnett in the main event of UFC Fight Night 75, which goes down this weekend (Sat., Sept. 26, 2015) on FOX Sports 1 from Saitama, Japan.

Hopefully, he remembers to bring his butter knife.

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