UFC Announces Partnership With Drug Free Sport International for Testing


Beginning on January 1, 2024, the UFC will collaborate with Drug Free Sport International once their commercial arrangement with the USADA expires.

At a press conference on Thursday, UFC Senior Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance Jeff Novitzky and UFC Executive Vice President and Chief Business Officer Hunter Campbell shared the information with the media.

That revelation occurs as the UFC's relationship with the USADA draws to an ugly conclusion.

The UFC informed the USADA on October 9 that it would not look to continue their partnership once their contract expires on December 31.

Conor McGregor rejoined the USADA testing pool on October 8, the USADA CEO Travis Tygart confirmed in a statement two days later

but he also expressed doubt that the UFC would adhere to the USADA's rule that a fighter must wait at least six months and have two negative tests before returning to the ring.

White also disclosed to the media that he currently has no intentions for McGregor.

Novitzky mentioned the UFC's familiarity with sample collection and connections to other leagues when discussing its new agreement with DFSI.