Bizarre incident involving Jose Aldo highlighted in UFC 189 drug test results

A total of seven fighters were tested in connection with UFC 189.

Jose Aldo's drug test ahead of UFC 189 appeared to be quite the event.
Jose Aldo's drug test ahead of UFC 189 appeared to be quite the event.
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SEVEN FIGHTERS WERE were tested in connection with their bouts at UFC 189 according to information released by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) last night.

All tested negatively.

Five fighters — Conor McGregor, Robbie Lawler,Rory MacDonald, Jeremy Stephens and Dennis Bermudez passed tests which included urine and blood samples looking for PEDs and masking agents pre-fight and steroids and human growth hormones post-fight.

All other fighters on the UFC 189 card also tested negatively for PEDs and diuretics.

Interestingly, the paperwork also includes further details of the much publicised testing of UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo, whose ‘random’ urine test was conducted on 12 June after two failed attempts on the previous two days. 

The Commission’s paperwork details their efforts to have Aldo tested by Drug Free Sport (DFS), a third-party collection firm. A statement from DFS’s Chris Guinty describes the situation DFS tester Ben Mosier ran into when he attempted to collect urine from Aldo in Rio de Janeiro.

The NSAC authorised Mosier tried to perform an out-of-competition test in conjunction with a local doping control officer. Mosier’s Brazilian visa made it clear he would be performing drug tests in the country.

A “high-ranking anti-doping official” in Brazil then arranged for the local officer to accompany him, according to the report.

Mosier set up the test for 11 June after he initially was unable to reach Aldo the previous day. Aldo was said to be “very cooperative” during the test.

The process quickly descended into farce from there, however, with Guinty writing that a federal police officer at the gym confiscated Mosier’s passport, claiming he had an incorrect visa, and “detained” the collector.

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However, immigration officials in Brazil finally ruled Mosier was permitted to participate in a rescheduled test on 12 June.

According to Mosier, Aldo took the test, but not without complications. He arrived at the gym late and dropped the first sample before giving a second one.

Then, bizarrely, the document outlines that: “upon completion of the testing event, the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (doping collection officer) requested an autograph from Jose Aldo in a magazine he had brought to the collection event and to take a picture with Jose Aldo; both requests were granted.”

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