Executive Director of the California State Athletic Commission, Andy Foster, is a supporter of anti-doping measures. He also supports the mission of the UDP Anti-Doping Partner, the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
But after looking at John Jones's last case, he no longer wants UASAD to deal with California's affairs.
"I think it's good to have doping control," Foster told MMAjunkie today. "I think this process is a ruin and I think we have learned from the process, and if we keep doing this to the fighters, it does not serve the public interest."
At a hearing today in Sacramento, California, Foster said the commission had made a mistake when turning to USADA for the second anti-doping effect disorder by Jones, which was due to a positive drug test after UFC 214. He recommended that the commission recover UFC star license temporarily clearing the way for revenge with Alexander Gustafsson in the UFC 232.
In February, the commission revoked Jones' license, imposed a fine of $ 205,000 and ordered a public service. But he gave up the suspension that would normally be ordered by reasoning that Jones would be punished in his incident with USADA, who has the right to punish fighters through his partnership with the UFC.
It takes another seven months for the anti-doping agency to resolve its case with Jones after the two sides went to arbitration. Jones received a 15-month suspension – three months less than recommended by USADA, after agreeing to reduce the potential four-year suspension by 30 months in exchange for Jones providing information about doping violations to other contestants.
Adding to this, Foster said, Jones had to bear additional financial burdens to resolve his case in California, who, according to the law, is only competent in his punishment. And that was the foundation of reputation for reputation when USADA announced a potential anti-doping violation according to its policy with UFC athletes at the time.
"I just do not think this process is right," Foster said. – I think the law supports my thoughts.
Since then, the UFC has changed its policy to inform the public only when resolving the anti-doping case supported by Foster. But he said there was a bigger problem in the game, as USADA ruled on cases in which he served as chief investigator.
"It's not just a conflict, but it's a kind of conflict," he said. – I'm not saying they do, but … there is a perception of conflict. They have their own interest in making sure their science is right.
"Please understand, I do not say (they have a conflict of interest.) But there is a perception, and I say that: I believe there are a lot of cases that could be resolved faster and cheaper and get the same results, instead of going through this long, difficult process.
Moving forward, Foster said it was likely that the Commission would conduct anti-doping action involving UFC athletes, as was done earlier, with the committee announcing a positive, punishment (if any) and a notice of a right of appeal.
As to how the UFC sportsman's fate changes with USADA suspensions already recognized in disciplinary associations of commissions for fighting commissions, Foster, who serves in several ABC commissions, postpones that question at another time.
"The main thing is that we will not give up the executive judgment on the livelihood of the fighters to a third drug testing company that has the potential – not to say its real conflict," he said.
During a telephone call on Monday, Foster handed his fears to Wassada in a "nice" conversation. He said the anti-doping agency planned to hold a meeting with the executive directors of all state sports committees dealing with the problems that arose in their program.
Meanwhile, Jones assesses whether to allow another anti-doping agency, a voluntary anti-doping agency headed by former State Atletic Commission physician Margaret Goodman, to test it in the build-up of UFC 232. Unlike USADA, only VADA sends the results test to the committee, which then decides on the correct action.
If he agrees to participate, the commission will refund Jones for $ 18,000 to $ 20,000, which is expected to cost between eight and 10 tests. CSAC commissioner Martha Shen-Urquidez proposed further tests and payouts to Jones, saying his participation would be silenced by his critics.
"With my modest opinion – right now I give my humble opinion – it is better if Mr Jones voluntarily decides to do so and is not forced to do so," CSAC chairman John Carvelli told Jones today at the hearing . "We really hope you do this and do it for yourself. I think Commissioner Martha has made it clear to you what it is about you here.
For Foster, however, this is more than what is set for Jones. From now on, the only contribution he wants from USADA is as a collector – send him the results and let the committee take it from there.
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