RIO DE JANEIRO -- UFC fighters won’t be able to use intravenous saline solution to rehydrate following weigh-ins under the new drug testing protocol overseen by the USADA.
But featherweight champion Jose Aldo isn’t a fan of this decision.
The IV ban starts in October, and Aldo, who is expected to face interim featherweight champion Conor McGregor in December, plans to ignore the decision and continue to use intravenous injections to recover following weigh-ins.
"That’s an issue not only for me, but for every athlete, especially those who cut a lot of weight," Aldo said during a press conference at the Nova Uniao gym Thursday. "But there’s a study, they showed several techniques."
"Just say you’re feeling sick and go to the hospital and they will rehydrate with an IV anyway. They can’t say ‘oh, come back later’," he continued. "But I don’t know about that yet. As an athlete, it’s hard to not use IV because that’s the best way to rehydrate. They came here saying oral rehydration is better, but I don’t know how they came up with that. Any sick people that go to a hospital, the first thing they do is an IV."
Aldo said he doesn’t care about the IV ban, and challenges USADA and the athletic commission to find a way to prove he’s used it.
"I will continue to do IV, I don’t care. I’ll tell them I’m going to eat and do it instead," he said. "They won’t take me out of the f---ing fight, so I don’t care. They can say whatever they want, but it’s scientifically proved the best way to rehydrate. Only if they put security guard with me 24 hours a day. I don’t care. That’s what’s going to happen.
"I will do it anyway, or someone else will do it for me. I will go to a friend’s house, to a different hotel room. I don’t f---ing care about them. They won’t take me out of the fight anyway. They can’t take me from the fight. It’s not doping. They will say they will test me.
"How are they going to get IV rehydration from my urine, brother? Only if they got new techniques. They are ninjas. They are f---ing stupid."
Aldo will face interim champion McGregor when he returns to the Octagon, and the UFC is currently looking at Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium in Texas as the site of the title bout.