The curious case of Jose Aldo and the discarded drug test sample
A random drug test conducted on Conor McGregor's upcoming opponent Jose Aldo in Brazil this week has been thrown out after an admin error.
We are now four weeks away from the eve of Conor McGregor's title fight with Jose Aldo.
The hype about the fight will really start to ramp up once UFC 188 is out of the way this weekend and the coverage is going to be wall-to-wall all over the globe, but especially in Ireland and Brazil.
And now we have our first tiny hint of controversy too.
Drug testers from the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) arrived at Aldo's training camp this week to obtain a sample of urine but the collection by Ben Mosier from the Drug Free Sport lab was all for nothing and the sample has had to be chucked in the bin.
Mosier did not have the proper visa to conduct the test so he was fined and instructed to leave the country.
Aldo's manager Andre Pederneiras told MMAFighting: "We did everything they asked. Before this whole mess started, Aldo had already done the test, (his urine) was in the cup. But when the Brazilian commission arrived, they saw that the sample wasn’t collected as it should."
However the Brazilian MMA governing body, CABMMA, say they will take a sample from Aldo, with Mosier in attendance, and send it to the US for testing.
There is no suggestion that anything untoward happened here but you would expect the NAC to be a bit sharper than this, especially in a country they should be visiting regularly to test fighters.
As for McGregor's reaction, well, he's not impressed to say the least...