Ben Askren must be content being the Bellator welterweight champion, because he is certainly not making any fans in the UFC front office with comments like he dropped today. Askren took to Twitter in the wake of Dana White's statement that it would be impossible for the UFC to test all of their athletes and called Dana a liar.
That's a pretty clear statement by Ben.
My issue with Dana's statement is the way he is phrasing his reasoning that testing can't work. Here's a refresher of his comments:
"I have 375 fighters in every country all over the world. The battle that I have to get these guys to get their [expletive] bout agreements back and show up for press is un[expletive]believable. The fact that I have to make personal phone calls to tell guys to talk to the [expletive] press. Now I'm going to start making personal phone calls to go show up for random drug tests? The general public and the media need to grasp some [expletive] concept of reality, okay? The reality of us doing all the [expletive] things that we're doing, when we already have the gold standard in drug testing, and then trying to chase 375 guys all over the world to randomly test them too? It's impossible," White said.
"You know why? Because this job is insane. It's [expletive] crazy. I was standing in Las Vegas ten hours a guy filming a [expletive] TV show, and now I'm sitting here. And I'm going to randomly drug test 375 guys around the world. You know where I'm going in a few hours? To Abu Dhabi. Then I go back and film ‘The Ultimate Fighter,' then I go to Atlanta, Miami, and I'm in Rio de Janeiro for three hours, then back to Las Vegas where I'll film ‘The Ultimate Fighter' again. And in between there somewhere I'm going to randomly drug test 375 [fighters]."
The issue is that no, no one expects Dana to be doing the testing. His schedule should have no impact on the testing. It should be made clear that the testing is not optional and you have 48 hours from notification to get to an approved site to submit your sample.
There can be an officer for the promotion put in charge of it to take it out of Dana's hands. Saying he is too busy isn't a good enough excuse.
And you'll have to forgive me if I don't consider anything involving state commissions to be the "gold standard" of anything.