UFC Subject To Zero-Tolerance Drug Testing In Mexico City

UFC fighters are probably accustomed to the promotion’s existing drug-testing parameters, which have gotten less stringent over the years when it comes to certain substances. Unfortunately, Mexico’s Federación de Artes Marciales Mixtas maintains a zero-tolerance policy, which could present problems for those athletes competing at UFC Mexico City this weekend on ESPN+.

That’s according to a report from MMA Fighting.

The promotion recently handed down a deadline for stopping the use of select drugs. Among them are stimulants like Adderall (seven days before weigh ins), as well as glucocorticoids like Hydrocortisone (three days before weigh ins). Narcotics like Fentanyl also made the list, but I can’t imagine that would be an issue for anyone regardless of what commission they’re answering to.

Then again, nothing should surprise us these days.

Stimulants:

Ritalin: Discontinue use seven days before weigh ins
Adderall: Discontinue use seven days before weigh ins
Solriamfetol: Discontinue use seven days before weigh ins
Modafinil: Discontinue use seven days before weigh ins
Pseudoephedrine: Discontinue use seven days before weigh ins
Concerta: Discontinue use seven days before weigh ins
Vyvanse: Discontinue use 12 days before weigh ins

Narcotics:

Morphine: Discontinue use seven days before weigh ins
Oxycontin: Discontinue use seven days before weigh ins
Fentanyl: Discontinue use seven days before weigh ins
Methadone/Suboxone: Discontinue use seven days before weigh ins
Buprenorphine: Discontinue use seven days before weigh ins
Tramadol: Discontinue use seven days before weigh ins

Glucocorticoids:

Hydrocortisone: Discontinue use three days before weigh ins
Dexamethasone: Discontinue use five days before weigh ins
Betamethasone: Discontinue use five days before weigh ins
Methylprednisolone: Discontinue use five days before weigh ins
Prednisone: Discontinue use 10 days before weigh ins
Prednisolone: Discontinue use 10 days before weigh ins
Triamcinolone Acetonide: Discontinue use 60 days before weigh ins

UFC Mexico City will be headlined by former flyweight champion Brandon Moreno taking on longtime rival Brandon Royval, a five-round headliner (and 25-minute rematch) with serious title implications for late 2024 and beyond. In the featherweight co-headliner, Yair Rodriguez and Brian Ortega run it back after their UFC Long Island “No Contest” in summer 2022.

For the rest of the UFC Mexico City fight card and ESPN+ lineup click here.

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