‘USADA Is Owned By The UFC … [Shrugs]’

The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has been the anti-doping watch dogs for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) since back in 2015. That being said, the program has since gained some criticism from fighters and fight fans alike. Now former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold has come forward with a few words on the matter.

Rockhold is currently gearing up to take on fellow former title holder Chris Weidman at UFC 230 on Nov. 3. Taking a break from his training, Rockhold recently took a moment to soeak with MMA Junkie.

During the interview, Rockhold revealed his thoughts on USADA’s reign within the UFC. Rumors have risen that former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones may be seeing an octagon return later this year following his most recent drug test failure.

Beyond that, former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar has been called out by two-division title holder Daniel Cormier, despite the fact that Lesnar still has six months left to serve on his current suspension due to a failed drug test.

With all of that in mind, it would appear that Luke Rockhold is not particularly happy with the way things are going with USADA.

“This sport is starting to get a little jokey. I’m just sick of watching Brock [Lesnar], watching Jon – when you get down to real business, these guys should be suspended for a long time. People are learning how to cheat the system. USADA is owned by the UFC. [Shrugs pointedly]

“I like fighting clean. I’ve always fought clean, and I want to fight clean people. I want to fight fair. I want a fair playing field. USADA’s got to step their game up and be what they were in the beginning. In the beginning, it seemed like they were doing their job. Now it seems like they’re owned. It’s sad to see, but hopefully it can correct itself and we can get on the right path. I’m sick of it all, but I love it all at the same time.”

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