This anti-doping craze currently affecting mixed martial arts (MMA) starts with the overcorrection to get rid of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) abuse. UFC jumped into the arms of USADA, but that only created a new set of problems: uneven justice, incomplete science, harsh penalties and more. Now with UFC 232 on the horizon and Jon Jones bringing these issues into stark relief, we have to ask ourselves how we move on from this. My idea is to adopt the posture of the other sports leagues. I use the ‘reservoir’ theory from political science to make my case. This situation is partly the media’s fault, but also a self-inflicted wound by the UFC. The way forward is knowable and replicable.
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