Rory MacDonald Admits VADA Tests are “Annoying” But He Can Deal With It


Rory MacDonald and Nate Diaz at UFC 129For the first time in UFC history, two fighters will undergo additional drug testing in addition to those administered by a state athletic commission.

UFC on Fox 5 fighters B.J. Penn and Rory MacDonald accepted the offer of VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency) to undergo random drug testing as part of their fight scheduled for December in Seattle.

The two fighters essentially agreed to the testing when going back and forth on Twitter, and now with their fight just a month away, both Penn and MacDonald are starting their involvement in the additional testing.

According to MacDonald, his first VADA test came just a few days ago while he was in Montreal training in preparation for his bout with Penn.

“It already started. My first test was last week, can’t remember which day, but I just got a random knock on the door and they did the test. So it’s from here to the fight, it’s random testing,” MacDonald told Fuel TV on Monday.

The testing done by VADA can occur any time between the hours of 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., and the athletes are required to notify the testing agency where they are located and can be contacted at all times. A testing agent can randomly test the fighters at any time and can ask for blood and urine samples.

MacDonald doesn’t mind participating in the rules and regulations that are required to be a part of the VADA testing, but admits it can be nuisance at times.

“It’s pretty annoying. I don’t like getting woken up in the morning, and it threw my routine off. I didn’t expect it. I kind of forgot about it to tell you the truth,” said MacDonald.

“So it was a bit annoying that day, but if it only happens a couple of times, a few times, it is what it is. I can deal with it.”

The VADA testing will continue up until his fight with Penn and all results collected will be forward to the athletic commission in Washington state where the UFC on Fox 5 bout will take place.

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