California State Athletic Commission CEO Andy Foster is a advocate for anti-doping measures. He also supports the mission of the UFC anti-doping partner, U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
But after seeing how Jon Jones's recent case was completed, he no longer wishes USADA involved in court rulings in California.
"I think it's good to have doping control," says Foster today to MMAjunkie. "I think this process was a wreck and I think we learned from the process. If we continue to do this for the war, it does not serve the public interest."
At a hearing today in Sacramento, California, Foster said the Commission made a mistake as it exposed USADA to Jones's anti-doping violation, resulting from a positive drug test after the UFC 214. He recommended the Commission reintroduce the UFC star license temporarily and clear the way for a rematch with Alexander Gustafsson on UFC 232.
In February, the Commission revoked Jones license, fined him $ 205,000 and ordered community service. However, it was a suspension that could normally have been ordered stating that Jones would be punished in his concurrent case with USADA, who is entitled to sanction warriors through the partnership with the UFC.
It took seven months for the anti-doping agency to settle its case with Jones after the two parties went to arbitration. Jones received a 15-month suspension – three months less than USADA recommended after agreeing to reduce a potential four-year suspension by 30 months in exchange for Jones to provide information about other athletes doping violations.
In addition, Jones said that Jones would incur additional financial burdens to resolve his case in California, which, according to state law, has sole jurisdiction over his punishment. And it was on the reputation damage that occurred when USADA announced a potential anti-doping violation per. Politics with UFC athletes at that time.
"I just do not think the process is right," said Foster. "I think the law supports my thoughts."
The UFC has since changed its policy of informing only the public about the decision on an anti-doping case, a flow of Foster support. But he said there is a major problem in getting USADA to settle cases where it also served as principal researcher.
"It's not a conflict, but it's kind of a conflict," he said. "I do not say they do, but … there is a perception of a conflict. They have an interest in ensuring their science is right.
"Please understand I do not say (they have a conflict of interest). But there is an opinion there and I say this: I think there have been a lot of cases that could have been resolved faster and cheaper and got the same results instead of undergoing this long, difficult process. "
Future Foster said that the Commission is likely to conduct anti-doping cases involving UFC athletes previously done with the Commission to announce a positive, a sentence (if one) and a notice of appeal.
As for how it changes the fate of a UFC athlete with USADA suspensions, now recognized in an administrative database for the registration of disciplinary questions, Foster, who serves on several ABC committees, has questioned the question for another time.
"The most important thing is that we will not give leadership powers over the fighter's livelihood to a third party drug testing company that has the potential – not to say its real conflict," he said.
In a telephone call, Foster reported his concerns to USADA in a "pleasant" conversation. He said that the anti-doping agency plans to hold a meeting with CEOs for all state athletic commissions as it does business to resolve issues that have arisen in its program.
Meanwhile, Jones denies its opportunity to let another doping control body – the voluntary anti-doping agency led by former Nevada State Athletic Commission doctor Margaret Goodman – test him in the UFC 232 building. Unlike USADA, only VADA passes the test results to the Commission , which then decides the right action to take.
If he agrees to participate, the Commission will repay Jones for $ 18,000 to $ 20,000, it is expected to cost between eight and 10 tests. CSAC Commissioner Martha Shen-Urquidez proposed further testing and repayment by Jones, indicating that his participation would silence his critics.
"In my humble opinion – right now I give my humble opinion – it's better if Mr. Jones voluntarily decides to do this and is not forced to do that," said CSAC President John Carvelli to Jones today at the hearing. "We really hope that you will work out and do it for your own sake. I think Commissioner Martha has made it clear to you what is at stake for you here."
For Foster, it's more than just what matters to Jones. From now on, the only commitment he wants from USADA, which brings together – send him the results, and let the Commission take it from there.
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