LOS ANGELES – UFC president Dana White said he won't stand in the way of B.J. Penn and Rory MacDonald's enrollment with the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA).
Despite the fact that a positive pre-event drug test could cast a cloud over their fight at UFC 152, White said the decision was "their business."
"B.J. wants to go drug test every friggin' two days, good for him," White on Thursday told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com
). "Knock yourself out."
UFC 152 takes place Sept. 22 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto and is headlined by the UFC's first flyweight title fight between Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson. MacDonald (13-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) and Penn (16-8-2 MMA, 12-7-2 UFC) meet on the evening's pay-per-view main card.
After some uncertainty whether the fighters would sign on, Penn and MacDonald finalized agreements to undergo eight weeks of random, Olympic-style drug testing at the expense of the Las Vegas-based organization, which is headed by former Nevada State Athletic Commission chief ringside physician Margaret Goodman.
White cast more than a sideways glance at the necessity of such a move.
"It's just stupid," he said. "You've got guys like B.J. and (Roy) 'Big Country' (Nelson), and guys like that that are always out there talking smack. The Nevada State Athletic Commission does the drug testing.
"VADA, WADA, badda, nada. Whatever. Nevada does it, or California, or wherever we are."