Tomorrow is an important day for UFC fighters under the new USADA drug testing program. By Wednesday, everyone on the roster has to submit a form to update USADA on their whereabouts at all times due to the new out-of-competition testing rules. Fighters can be subject to random drug tests on any given day 24/7/365 (or 366 next year). Inaccurate info on a whereabouts form -- in other words, you aren't where you say you are -- would result in a failure. Three failures would be the equivalent of a failed drug test, which means a suspension.
This is obviously a very important part of the new policy for everyone involved, and USADA's Twitter account made the last reminder to UFC athletes to get their filings in today.
Reminder for @ufc athletes: whereabouts must be filed online first. http://t.co/EuOjOGE69d App for updating will be available after Oct. 1.— USADA (@usantidoping) September 30, 2015
Unfortunately, several UFC fighters are having a few problems. Court McGee and Tim Kennedy flat out said it didn't work, while Rory MacDonald called it "the most annoying thing in the world." Max Holloway concurred with Rory's sentiments.
The convenient @usantidoping app doesn't work.— Court McGee (@Court_McGee) September 29, 2015
The USADA app doesn't work for UFC fighters... Awesome (as I'm sitting here in Berlin). Good thing our whereabouts is required tomorrow.— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) September 29, 2015
UPDATE. The mobile platform of the USADA website also doesn't work (I'm out of the country and my "employer" doesn't know).— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) September 29, 2015
usada doesnt pick up my calls and the website to fill out my whereabouts is probably the most annoying thing ive ever done...— Rory MacDonald (@rory_macdonald) September 29, 2015
@rory_macdonald word— Jerome-Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) September 29, 2015
Hopefully their problems are resolved soon. On the plus side, fellow UFC fighters Johnny Case and Patrick Cummins signed up earlier this week without issue.