Jose Aldo, who defends the UFC featherweight title against Conor McGregor on July 11, underwent an unannounced drug test on Thursday morning, however his urine sample won’t be sent to the lab.
Ben Mosier from Drug Free Sport lab went to Nova Uniao on Thursday morning to collect urine sample from the 145-pound champion, but Aldo's manager, Andre Pederneiras, was suspicious about the man. Aldo gave Mosier the urine sample, but Pederneiras contacted the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA) about the test, and CABMMA officials informed Pederneiras that they were not informed by it either.
According to Pederneiras, CABMMA COO Cristiano Sampaio contacted the Brazilian federal police and met Pederneiras, Aldo, and Mosier at Nova Uniao. They learned that Mosier is licensed by the Nevada Athletic Commission, however his visa doesn’t allow him to work in Brazil. Mosier was issued a $130 dollar fine and has been given eight days to leave the country.
"We did everything they asked," Pederneiras told Combate. "Before this whole mess started, Aldo had already done the test, (his urine) was in the cup. But when the Brazilian commission arrived, they saw that the sample wasn’t collected as it should."
Aldo’s urine sample was discarded by the fighter, and he will be tested again tomorrow by CABMMA.
"That’s normal," Aldo told Combate. "We reached a point in this sport that not only me, but every fighter has to go through this. This is my first time in Brazil. I think the Brazilian commission should be the one handling this, for the fact that I live here. But that’s not an issue. It’s nothing for me. Fight, pee, it’s the same thing to me."
Update: Cristiano Sampaio told MMAFighting.com that the urine sample will be collected by CABMMA and sent to the same lab Thursday’s sample would have been sent to, WADA-accredited Sports Medicine Research & Testing Laboratory in Salt Lake City.
"We authorized Ben’s presence to watch our collecting process to show one more time how serious is our doping control," Sampaio said. "The important is to show that there are no borders in this process, and commissions around the world can work together in this mission to keep the sport clean, in out-of-competition tests or not. NSAC asked us to help them in this situation and we will be following up with Aldo’s test tomorrow."
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