Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) doesn’t want any stateside athletic commission screwing up its fighter’s drug tests before, during, or after any of its live mixed martial arts (MMA) events.
So you can imagine how upset the promotion was in the wake of UFC 211, when strawweight Courtney Casey was flagged for flunking her pre-fight drug test, which forced Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) to overturn her win against Jessica Aguilar.
UFC releases its official statement:
“UFC has made it very clear that it takes anti-doping very seriously, instituting the most comprehensive anti-doping program in sports. One of the keys to this program, and any effective, world-class program, is ensuring that all athletes are treated to proper due process.
“UFC strawweight Cortney Casey’s recent case, stemming from her fight in Dallas on May 13, 2017, is a perfect example of the type of negative and damaging backlash for an athlete resulting from a false-positive. There is no better example than this for the need to have proper due process and testing in combat sports and professional sports anti-doping.
“Following the results of the additional tests at the WADA accredited laboratory, proving that Cortney did not cheat nor break any rules, UFC is requesting that the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) immediately reverse its ruling and exonerate Cortney of any wrongdoing.
“UFC has offered, and continues to offer Texas and any other Commission and regulatory body around the world, the world-class expertise and experience of USADA, to assist them in properly carrying out anti-doping efforts in their state or country.”
Casey was exonerated by United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) when her “B” sample came back negative. Unfortunately, TDLR already reversed her win and has yet to change it back.
“I’ve been exonerated by the UFC, which is great. I’ve been exonerated by USADA, which is awesome,” Casey told MMA Fighting. “But at the end of the day, the people that need to be making an apology haven’t, the ones that made the statement.”
I’ll let UFC President Dana White close it out:
Texas fans are great to us! The Texas Commission needs to get their shit together for the protection of our athletes https://t.co/4ukPBalcih— Dana White (@danawhite) June 29, 2017
Maybe commissions just don’t like her?