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Ben Askren Joins VADA, Discusses 'All The Cheating' In MMA

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Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren has long been an outspoken guy, and have drawn a lot of attention for his comments on various topics. One of them has been drug testing in MMA. UFC president Dana White has said that it's impractical to handle testing on such a large roster, to which Askren famously responded on twitter, calling Dana a liar. According to an MMA Fighting article, Askren has backed up his talk by signing up with VADA:

"I don't like all the cheating that's going in mixed martial arts," Askren told MMA Fighting. "I don't know what percentage of high-level fighters do it but I think it would be a significant amount. And if there's anything I can do to help that number go down, then I'm going to try to do it because it's not fair that I'm fighting clean and I don't know what my opponents have in their system."

Back when Askren called White out, Dana responded with a typical insult instead of addressing the topic. Askren responded to that with his typical candor:

"Dana insulted me because he couldn't deny the facts of the situation," he said. "That's what happened. It would be very simple for him to put a testing program in place that would keep his guys in some kind of check."


"I have zero regret about what I said," Askren said. "As long as I'm speaking the truth I’m going to be OK with what I’m saying. That's kind of how I’ve lived my whole life. I've never feared anyone or worried what they said as long as what I'm telling is the truth and I'm not telling lies about people."

Guess we won't be seeing Ben in the UFC anytime soon. Still though, I respect anyone that will stand up for what they believe in and won't bow to the politics of the sport.