UFC Veteran Brian Stann Works For More Stringent PED Testing
“All American” Brian Stann has stayed busy since his retirement from MMA. Fans of the UFC get to see the former middleweight contender on a regular basis as a fight and talk show analyst for the promotion, and the former linebacker from the U.S. Naval Academy has even done some commentating in college football as he looks to broaden his horizons.
Despite his success as a sports analyst, the UFC veteran has remained active in his attempt to help clean up the sport. In a recent interview with Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour, Stann cited the rampancy of PED abuse in MMA as a factor in his decision to retire.
The UFC and certain state athletic commissions have made increased attempts put a stop to performance-enhancing drug abuse, notably the recent outlawing of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), but it is a drop in the bucket compared to its prevalence in the sport.
This does not sit well with the former U.S. Marine, who is now on a mission to solve the drug problem in MMA with the help of Travis T. Tygart, the CEO of USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) and Francisco Aguilar, the chairman of the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).
Currently, the USADA is the only lab testing blood for sanctioned events, but unfortunately with an average cost ranging from to $35000 to $45000, it simply isn’t feasible for the NSAC. Right now, blanket PED testing just does not fall within the budget, but with the help of fighters like Stann and even Georges St-Pierre, who has questioned adequacy of fighter testing in his absence of the sport, more money can allocated to quality drug testing.
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