Derek Brunson has some choice words for the USADA testing program
It is known to the MMA community by now that UFC fighters need to keep USADA [United States Anti-Doping Agency] aware of their location and activities outside the octagon all the time. This applies to their whereabouts even between fights, which does not seem fair to plenty of fighters.
Fighters have faced the wrath of the association for fiddling with the system- MMA superstar Nick Diaz remains the prime example. In recent times, there’s been some resistance from the fighting community in regards to the implementation, as well as speculation regarding privacy and whether or not this constant surveillance should earn athletes’ employee status. One they were even discussing 24/7 tracking, but it is obvious by now that fighters will not oblige to these rules.
Middleweight contender Derek Brunson used his Twitter platform to unmask USADA and stated that times are tougher for current fighters with new obligations. He said, ‘@usantidoping has to be the worst testing program out . Imagine trying to handle business outside of the octagon and having to take quick flights to check on properties , having a family and other stuff going on, etc and them giving you failures because you forgot to update the glitchy app. There’s several athletes out here taking peds but no one failing . Get your gps feature back . Giving someone a failed whereabouts isn’t the same as someone failing a ped test ….’
‘You’re a heavyweight’- Derek Brunson mocks Paulo Costa and responds to his call-out
Paulo Costa has been chirping at fellow middleweight Derek Brunson and calling out for a fight with him consistently. This seems to have raised Derek Brunson’s hackles as he pulls out past incidents to mock the Brazilian.
He has asked Paulo Costa to stay at his weight-class, since the latter weighed in way past the middleweight limit for his fight against Marvin Vettori. Costa had previously called out for a fight against Sean Strickland, but it is rumoured that the American is most likely to face Alex Pereira.
With no opponent in hand, Costa had set his sights on Brunson, but he confirmed that he’s not fighting anytime soon, and would rather spend time developing his skills.
Brunson said, ‘ @BorrachinhaMMA focus on your own weight class. You’re a heavyweight. I tried to fight you multiple times . Your disappeared until I got a fight . I’m not fighting soon, I’m working on my craft . I’m waiting on your 2nd heavyweight fight . Paulo Pasta’
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