Bob Arum, the founder of Top Rank promotions, believes the Muhammad Ali Act should be applied to MMA. The federal law was enacted in May 2000 to protect the rights and welfare of boxers, and preserve its integrity.
Speaking to the press during the Terence Crawford vs Viktor Postol press conference, he accused the UFC of paying off lobbyists to avoid govt. regulation, that it was corrupt, and that its drug abuse cases outweigh that of boxing.
“I don’t think (drug testing) is particularly necessary as far as fighters are concerned. Most fighters obey the rules. It’s probably more necessary in MMA because they appear to be unconcerned with the testing.” Bob Arum said.
“What the hell? As long as the tests come out after the fight, right? Everybody’s collecting money. Just saying. Just saying.” He added.
Bob Arum’s comments unsurprisingly angered Dana White, who quickly shot back at him:
“Does anyone give an (expletive) about Bob Arum or what he thinks?” White texted MMAjunkie when contacted for comment. “I didn’t know he was still alive!!?”
Bad blood aside, should the Muhammad Ali act apply with the MMA too?
Doping cases in the MMA has recently reached alarming levels after many of its fighters failed drug tests, such Jon Jones, Brock Lesnar, and Chad Mendes. Even Nate Diaz was quoted in saying everyone in the UFC is on steroids.
Randy Couture went on record last February for his support of the Ali Act. Lately, Matt Mitrione issued a statement that he’s for it too.
Although the UFC has recently adopted tough drug test measures with USADA, questions abound surrounding the execution of the aggressive program, where the results only came out after Brock Lesnar’s fight against Mark Hunt.
Beyond doping issues, Bob Arum describes boxing fans as culturally diverse, and pretty much Democrats. He called MMA people Trump supporters, saying, “MMA people they’re for Trump. You ever look at an MMA audience? Of course they’re for Trump.”
With added sarcasm, Bob Arum called Dana White “this great intellectual analyst” after speaking in support of Donald Trump.
Bob Arum has a long history of making derogatory statements against the MMA. Years ago he said MMA is nothing but skinheads, homosexuals, guys who throw punches can’t throw a punch to save their @ss, and just garbage.
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