Pettis To Sue USADA Over Testing Mishap
Prior to UFC 244, Nate Diaz ran into an issue with USADA and nearly walked away from one of the biggest fights of the year.
It seems that USADA also ruined Diaz’s return to the Octagon at UFC 241, not because of a failed test, but because Anthony Pettis was injured by the UFC’s anti-doping partner.
Pettis, who fights Diego Ferreira at UFC 246 plans to sue the agency for an incident backstage at the August event, where the former champion claims he was cut by a bottle used by USADA to collect his fight night drug sample.
”I had to fight compromised,” he said Monday on “Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show.” “I gave USADA a chance to make it right, but right now, we’re going through the court. I’ve got to sue them.”
Per MMA Fighting, Pettis has hired Jon Jones and Brock Lesnar’s anti-doping attorney Howard Jacobs to represent him in a suit filed not only against USADA, but the bottle manufacturer and the UFC.
”I wish he wouldn’t have fought, because it showed in his performance, unfortunately,” Pettis’ coach Duke Roufus told MMA Fighting of the injury that Pettis claimed needed stitches. “Here’s the thing, when it happened, it affects you making a fist and also affects you grappling because you need your thumb to grab things.”
“I don’t want this to happen to any other fighter,” Pettis said in summation.
“I think something needs to change in the rules back there. We should be doing the piss test after we perform. If that would have happened … I would never have had to deal with a cut on my hand before my fight.”