Canadian promotion Maximum Fighting Championship (MFC) has announced that they will become the first Mixed Martial Arts organization within Canada to put their fighters through random drug testing of performance enhancing drugs. Maximum Fighting Championship has an event coming up on Friday but testing will not begin until MFC 35: Explosive Encounter comes around in October.
In a press release, MFC Owner/President Mark Pavelich explained that testing would be done in conjunction with the Edmonton Combative Sports Commission, and was something long overdue. So starting at MFC 35, four or five fighters per event will be chosen at random and tested.
“It’s been talked about for a long time with many commissions. Usually it’s been a matter of money – the commissions not wanting to do testing because of the cost. But working with the Edmonton Commission, we’ve found a way to make it cost-effective, and most important, it’s going to be something consistent. When testing athletes the message has to be consistent – don’t cheat because you will be caught, and now it will be sooner rather than later,” explains Pavelich
Since they have been around athletics have been using performance enhancing drugs and despite testing throughout the United States, promotions like the UFC and Strikeforce still have fighters testing positive. With the MFC and Canada getting on board with testing it’s one step closer to a cleaner sport of Mixed Martial Arts.
MFC 34: Total Recall takes place this Friday August 10th and airs live on AXS TV.