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The organisation who tried to take Aldo's urine sample claims it did nothing wrong

The UFC featherweight champion was due to fight Conor McGregor at UFC 189, only to pull out through injury.

Jose Aldo was due to fight Conor McGregor at UFC 189, before pulling out of the fight due to a broken rib.
Jose Aldo was due to fight Conor McGregor at UFC 189, before pulling out of the fight due to a broken rib.
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THE ORGANISATION WHO attempted to take a urine sample for a Jose Aldo drug test last month has said it did nothing wrong.

The UFC featherweight champion, who was due to fight Conor McGregor at UFC 189, only to pull out through injury earlier this week, was not initially tested, after his urine sample was discarded.

Authorities at the time claimed that Ben Mosier of Drug Free Sport did not have the correct visa to work in Brazil.

Consequently, when Mosier arrived at Aldo’s gym, the star’s coach Andre Pederneiras contacted local police as well as the Brazilian MMA Commission (CABMMA).

Aldo was then tested the following day by a collector accredited by WADA who was accompanied by a CABMMA official, with the fighter’s camp and the UFC subsequently playing down the controversy.

However, in a statement issued by Drug Free Sport COO Chris Guinty, the organisation indicated their behaviour was entirely correct throughout the process:

“In early June 2015, Drug Free Sport was engaged by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (“NSAC”) to conduct a single urine test for an athlete in Brazil. Drug Free Sport’s preparation and execution of the testing event in Brazil complied with ethical best practices in anti-doping collections. Proper work visa applications detailing Drug Free Sport’s job functions were submitted to the Brazilian Consulate in Chicago, Illinois on June 18, 2012, and a ten year work visa was issued by the Consulate and relied upon by the Drug Free Sport collector in subsequent testing events. Drug Free Sport does not comment on client program specifics related to any collection event, but the NSAC, the UFC and Drug Free Sport were diligent in their effort to ensure a fair and ethical collection event in Brazil.”

Aldo also hit headlines earlier this week, when the fighter criticised the UFC’s decision to appoint an interim champion in his absence, claiming the belt would be a “toy” for McGregor “to show his drunk friends”.

h/t MMA Fighting

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