Former Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC Welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre is not the only fighter who quit Mixed Martial Arts because he was upset about the manner in which drug testing was conducted in the sport.
Brian Stann recently revealed at a talk show that the major reason for him retiring from the UFC at the end of 2013 because he was concerned about the increase in the use of performance enhancing drugs and that it wasn’t being stringently enough.
He said that it was a major reason for him walking away from the sport. He added that knowing that he was not getting a fair crack played a huge role in his decision.
Stann, who currently works as a Mixed Martial Arts analyst for FOX Sports and said that he was meeting with officials of the United States Anti-Doping Agency as well as the Nevada State Athlete Commission. He is following the same path as Georges St. Pierre in trying to clean up the sport.
Brian Stann said that it’s stupid to do the testing the night of the fight, adding that the fighters are not stupid to get caught.
Prior to UFC 172, UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones requested the Maryland State Athletic Commission to perform random drug tests on him and challenger Glover Teixeira because he thought the Brazilian was using drugs and he wanted to be sure that they were on the same level playing field.
According to Brian Stann, the sport needs to toughen up and act as a group when it comes to dope testing but it will be difficult for the UFC to do something like that with fighters on their roster. Nevertheless, the UFC also needs to take a stand against doping for the better of the sport and the promotion.