"F--- Victor Conte. That guy a lying two-faced piece of s---. I can't stand that guy. You're the biggest cheater in the history of the f--- sports world, and now because you can't make a living cheating anymore, you want to flip to the other side and start calling people out and pointing fingers? I can't believe people even listen to this guy. We're regulated by the f-- government. Some of these places we go, some of these states we go to, they test the entire card. Some places are random, some places the main event and a few other fights that are random. It's better than everyone else's. Is what's being done enough? If you look at how we're regulated by the government, I've said this before, I do not think the penalties should be the same for smoking marijuana as it is for taking performance enhancing drugs, yet it is, it's exactly the same. If you get busted, look at [Nick] Diaz. Look how long Nick Diaz is out right now, right? For marijuana. Same as the guy who's taking steroids. It's crazy. So the whole system is messed up. So I can guarantee you this. Forget about PEDs. If we get into this random testing you guys are talking about, you know how many guys would probably test positive for marijuana? It would probably be off the charts. So if you randomly tested and this came out, they give the same exact suspension as it is for PEDs." - Dana White via UFC 155 media scrum
Immediately following the UFC 155 pre-fight media press conference, UFC president Dana White sat down with members of the media to discuss a variety of issues. During the 40-minute talk, questions regarding performance enhancing drugs came up, eliciting the above response from White.
Recently former BALCO boss, Victor Conte appeared as a guest during a podcast with UFC announcer Joe Rogan. During the show Conte stated that he believed over 50% of current mixed martial arts athletes are using performance enhancers that cannot be picked up by current state athletic commission testing.
Though state athletic commissions do perform random drug testing on occasion, the test is a simple urine analysis that cannot detect substances such as human growth hormone which can only be detected via blood sample.
Check out the entire UFC 155 pre-fight media scrum below: