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Roy Nelson and Matt Mitrione Discuss Voluntarily Drug Testing Before TUF 16 Finale Fight

December 14, 2012 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

Roy Nelson and Matt Mitrione recently spoke about Nelson’s offer to have them both go through drug srceens by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association before their fight at The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale, which Mitrione turned down. Check out the highlights:

Nelson on the screenings: “It’s a sponsorship. It’s free. There’s no reason why not to do it. You pee everyday, so why not have somebody (collect it), unless you’re shy of what you got down there? Maybe that’s the reason.”

Mitrione on not trusting the VADA’s motives due to Victor Conte’s endorsement: “I think it’s a hot topic right now, but I feel that the shystiest of all shysty people is associated with that program.”

Mitrione on Nelson calling him with the VADA sponsorship offer instead of VADA President Margaret Goodman: “If Roy wants to bring it up to me, why doesn’t Roy bring it up to them and then they call me directly? Why would Roy call me directly and be like, ‘Hey, here’s the VADA stuff’? What the f— kind of a president of a company would say, ‘Hey, just go ahead and handle that yourself’? You want to get the attention from it? Want kind of bulls— is that?”

Mitrione on a defematory story appearing on VADA’s website about Shane Carwin: “The stuff that they did with Shane Carwin, all the slanderous bulls— they did with him and put it on their same website – you’re supposed to be an objective, third-party testing organization? Go to hell. You hurt yourself more than you help yourself. And then you try to make a witch hunt, when somebody’s like, ‘I don’t have time.’ I took a fight on three-weeks’ training notice and then fight week, and you want me to go piss in a cup at your leisure? You try to match up my schedule. I don’t even know where I’m going to be.”

Nelson on his efforts to clean up the sport: “I don’t want to be the one that picks on Shane because everybody said I picked on Shane. So guess what? Matt, I got it free for you, too. Whoever I fight next, you’ve got it free, too. As long as I can get it covered, don’t be scared when I ask you. If you’re fighting Roy Nelson, don’t be scared. You’re going to get hit, or you might get hit with something else. It’s one of those things. It’s either a yes or a no. It’s real simple. It’s either you pee or you don’t pee.”

Nelson on his motives for choosing VADA: “The thing is it’s voluntary. The thing a lot of people get confused is that VADA doesn’t pay me. They’re a non-profit. They’re a 501 (c)(3), so people donate to them. If you want to help clean up our sport, just donate to them. What they do is they cover the cost. I tried to call USADA. USADA is like $30,000 or $40,000. If VADA wants to pay $30,000 or $40,000 to clean up our sport, I’m all for it. They basically help the UFC. It’s a way to clean up the sport. It’s not an agenda to pick on people. It’s basically to so something better for our sport.”

On his plans to continue using VADA: “I used to get off fighting guys I knew were on the juice. Then having a family and a wife, you’ve got to look it as they’re taking money from you. The more I look at it from a business standpoint, I’ve got to look out for my kid. If my kid wants to MMA in the future, what’s he walking into? It’s for me to help clean up the sport for when he comes around to go, ‘Hey, I want to do this. I want to be just like dad.’ Hey, I’m going to be natural. I’m going to put all the hard work in vs. ‘Hey, let me just stick a needle in my ass.'”

Mitrione on his support of eradicating PED use in MMA: “I signed on the bottom line to fight in Nevada; Nevada can test me whenever the hell they want. I’m a clean athlete. I’m proud of being a clean athlete. I’m not guilty of s—, and I don’t have to prove to anybody that I’m not guilty. If I get popped for a drug test or something like that, OK, then bust my balls on it. Be like, ‘Well you should be doing this.’ Cool. Otherwise, go to hell.”


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