LAS VEGAS – Randy Couture believes there’s something fishy about the string of failed drug tests by PFL fighters earlier this year.
Ten PFL fighters tested positive during the stretch of the promotion’s first three regular season events in Las Vegas this past April, which led the promotion to officially partner with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which will conclude its partnership with the UFC at the end of this year,
Couture said something wasn’t right about what transpired, hinting that UFC CEO Dana White had something to do with it.
“I mean, those shows, the three shows we did here in Vegas were great shows,” Couture told reporters during a recent media scrum at Xtreme Couture. “There were some great fights on those cards, very exciting. I thought the season was off and running. And obviously, to have the tests go the way they did, that certainly didn’t sit well. Something stunk to me, and that’s just my opinion.
“How many seasons have we done now and not had a single positive test? And then we come to Vegas for three shows and we have 10? Something’s not quite right there in my opinion. But who knows? And Dana (White’s) comment about that was telling in my mind, too. ‘I bet they don’t come back to Vegas.’ So who knows? But yeah, that’s unfortunate, and obviously we pivoted, we plugged in some holes. It’s been an amazing season.”
White’s bad history with Couture is well documented. Couture left the UFC in 2007 as heavyweight champion over a contract dispute. White called Couture and Tito Ortiz “two of the worst guys to ever f*cking deal with” who tried to destroy the company.