Recently, the UFC updated their anti-doping policy and struck a deal with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) to handle all of the drug screens. This means that fighters will be tested more frequently and an increase in frequency CAN lead to some rather funny encounters with drug testers as testing is always done "by surprise."
MMAjunkie.com interviewed several fighters to find out just how awkward these surprises can be.
Drug testers showed up at UFC Lightweight, Daron Cruickshank's house, right when he had an arm full of firearms.
"I just got home from the gun range and I'm unloading all my guns out of my car into my house, and this random truck pulls up in my yard and I'm like, 'who is this?' My dog starts going crazy and I mean, they were really cool... they came in, we got REAL close... you know what I'm saying? And then they were on their way."
What happens if you JUST went to the bathroom? Do they stick around? UFC heavyweight ,Travis Browne, had to find out the hard way.
"Literally, as I was walking out of the bathroom, just getting done? The guy's like at the door and I'm like, 'Uh, you're gone hafta wait.' Like, he had to wait like four hours."
Sometimes the drug testers show up when you're not "fully dressed" and ready for them. UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw found that out after one drug tester used "police tactics" to get him out of bed...
"I had someone just pounding on my door. Like the police or the fire...the neighborhood's during down...ringing the doorbell over and over and over and over again. My dog's going crazy. My wife...I'm a heavy sleeper...my wife wakes me up, like 'what the hell is going on?' and I'm like shit! I'm in my birthday suit, that's how I sleep, you know? So I gotta get up, throw some clothes on, run downstairs, try to figure out what's going on... just moved into the house... it's like, 'oh hey, I'm USADA, I'm here to drug test you!' It's like, dude? You could have just knocked on my door ... you don't need to act like the cops, you know?"
While showing up in the middle of the day can surprise a fighter, nothing surprises them more than showing up early in the morning...when you least expect it. When they show up, no matter how bad they don't want to, they have to answer the door. As former UFC lightweight champ, Anthony Pettis found out.
"I love it and I hate it at the same time. You know, I know it's a clean sport but for some reason the guy from Chicago comes like at four in the morning, five in the morning, rings my doorbell. I hear the doorbell ring and I'm like, man, I'm just not going to answer it this time, but you know, you gotta answer it, they draw the blood, do the piss test."
This is only a small sampling of stories from fighters done by the USADA. There were a total of 353 tests done on 156 athletes from July 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015.
With the new deal in place, it's expected that the USADA will conduct 2,750 tests per year.
Who were the most tested in 2015?
Jose Aldo, Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey were all tested 8 times apiece where as Holly Holm, Antonia Silva and Dan Henderson were each tested 7 times. It's fair to say that they can expect a lot more in 2016 and beyond.