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Report: Brazilian commission sample collector asked Jose Aldo for autograph, picture

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Guilherme Cruz, MMA Fighting

A representative of the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA) asked Jose Aldo for a picture and his autograph after he helped collect a urine sample from the UFC champion in June, according to a document released Monday by the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC).

The situation surrounding Aldo's drug test collection generated controversy two months ago, before the UFC featherweight titleholder had to pull out of the UFC 189 main event against Conor McGregor.

A collector, Ben Mosier, sent to Rio de Janeiro by the NAC (via third-party organization Drug Free Sport) was detained by Brazilian authorities and told he did not have the correct visa to collect samples for drug tests June 11.

A report written by Drug Free Sport COO Chris Guinty to NAC executive director Bob Bennett released Monday seems to show favoritism by CABMMA toward Aldo, including the treatment of Aldo like a celebrity and repeatedly accommodating him during the collection process.

CABMMA did not immediately wish to comment on the report.

Mosier initially attempted to contact Aldo and his coach Andre Pederneiras on June 10, according to Guinty. Aldo did not return messages or phone calls. Pederneiras asked if they could setup testing for the following morning at their gym, Nova Uniao.

On the morning of June 11, Mosier arrived at the gym and took a sample from Aldo. Per Guinty, one of Aldo's trainers then stopped Mosier from processing the sample for shipment until Pederneiras arrived. At some point, Pederneiras contacted CABMMA about the test.

Just after Pederneiras arrived, Guinty wrote that an off-duty Brazilian federal police officer, who was already in the gym training as an MMA fighter, confiscated Mosier's passport and said he had an incorrect work visa. The officer said Mosier was able to conduct business in Brazil with the visa, but not collect urine, and threatened to deport Mosier for unauthorized performance of work.

Then, Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission representative Christiano Sampaio got to the gym and stopped the test, Guinty wrote. He spoke with Guinty at the time and arranged to have a CABMMA doping control officer (DCO) go to Nova Uniao the next day, June 12, to complete the test while Mosier monitored things.

Guinty wrote that the local Brazilian DCO assigned to help Mosier and Drug Free Sport then got to the gym and told Mosier that he didn't do anything wrong and was authorized to conduct the test. Sampaio still refused to let the local DCO or Mosier complete the test, Guinty wrote. Only a CABMMA DCO would be allowed to collect the sample, according to Guinty.

At that juncture, Mosier instructed Aldo to dispose of the sample taken, because he had lost track of it during the confusion. Brazilian immigration officials arrived at the gym soon after and told Mosier he could stay in the country and participate in the collection process the following day. Guinty acknowledged that though the Brazilian consulate in Chicago gave Guinty his visa in 2012 knowing what his duties were, the visa was indeed incorrect.

The following morning, June 12, Aldo was more than two hours late to the gym and the sample was collected almost three hours after it was originally scheduled, Guinty wrote. Mosier and a CABMMA DCO were present at the time. Guinty wrote that Sampaio pushed back the deadline to comply with Aldo.

The first time, Aldo dropped the collection beaker and spilled the sample and they had to redo the process. Fifteen minutes later, Mosier and Sampaio took the specimen to the airport by taxi and cosigned it to World Courier for shipment.

Guinty wrote that after the collection process was over, the CABMMA doping control officer asked Aldo for an autograph and picture.

"Upon completion of the testing event, the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission DCO requested an autograph from José Aldo in a magazine he had brought to the collection event and to take a picture with José Aldo; both requests were granted," Guinty wrote.

Aldo's sample came back negative a few weeks later. The champion withdrew from UFC 189 two weeks before the July 11 bout due to a rib injury.