When a situation transpired whereby Jose Aldo failed to take a drug test in the build up to UFC 189, immediately there were questions that something untoward was going on. A rather convoluted explanation by Aldo's camp back in June attempted to explain why a urine test failed to make it to the lab when it was required.
Unsurprisingly, Conor McGregor was having none of that explanation.
I was random tested on May 23rd. Blood AND Urine. @josealdojunior you little weasel. You and your weasel coach. #AndNew
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) June 12, 2015
Now, the official details of the drug testing process for UFC 189 has been released and it does not make for particularly good reading if you are a Jose Aldo fan. As we all know, the Brazilian champion did not make it to UFC 189. All the fighters that appeared that night (and that were tested) were found to have passed. However, the situation with Aldo's missed test is not quite as clear cut.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) have detailed how an independent party, Drug Free Sport (DFS), were tasked with conducting the test on Aldo in Brazil.
DFS tester Ben Mosier travelled to Rio on a visa that ensured he was permitted to carry out a drug test in the country in conjunction with a Brazilian tester. After failing to contact Aldo's camp for a test on June 10th, a test was then arranged for June 11th.
Aldo took the test and was 'very cooperative'. However, the test was then halted until Aldo's head trainer, Andre Pederneiras, was able to contact the Brazilian Athletic Commission. The NSAC report then explains that a police officer training at the gym confiscated Mosier's passport on allegations that he had the incorrect visa.
The police officer told Mosier that 'he had the right to transport Ben to a local detention facility for processing'. From there the local Brazilian tester enlisted by DFS clashed with Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission representative, Cristiano Sampaio.
Sampaio refused to let either tester continue and demanded that a sample could only be collected by someone from the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission. At that stage the test was compromised and the only action was for it to be discarded.
Mosier returned the following day and was allowed to conduct a test that was once again not without problems. Aldo arrived late and dropped his first sample before eventually delivering the sample that was sent off for testing.