“Is it the same in every country?”: Michelle Waterson on USADA Drug Testing

UFC strawweight fighter, Michelle Waterson appeared on Joe Rogan’s podcast and stirred up some controversy with an interesting question related to USADA drug testing of UFC fighters.

She questioned whether or not fighters from other country’s get tested as frequently as her.

Here’s what she had to say:

“Is it the same in every country?. Because I know that that’s kind of one of the concerns of the athletes that, ‘Yeah, it might be really strict here in the states… but in other states is it as strict?”

“I don’t know, I’m just sayin’… I don’t know, I guess I just… I can only be concerned with what’s under my control. And so then I’m just gonna train and I’m gonna get as good as I can get and hopefully, USADA can take care of the rest. But for me to stress about it is just time wasted I think – for myself.”

Michelle Waterson speaking on Joe Rogan’s Podcast

Here is a list of fighters in the UFC’s rankings that don’t live or do their training camps in the United States along with how long they’ve been in the UFC.

Strawweight

  • Jessica Andrade (Brazil), 2019: 7, All-time: 29, UFC debut: July 2013
  • Weili Zhang (China), 2019: 1, All-time: 3, UFC debut: August 2018
  • Karolina Kowalkiewicz (Poland), 2019: 3, All-time: 20, UFC debut: December 2015
  • Alexa Grasso (Mexico), 2019: 2, All-time: 10, UFC debut: November 2016
  • Randa Markos (Canada), 2019: 4, All-time: 21, UFC debut: December 2014

Women’s Flyweight

  • Jennifer Maia (Brazil), 2019: 5, All-time: 8, UFC debut: July 2018
  • Poliana Botelho (Brazil), 2019: 3, All-time: 17, UFC debut: October 2017

Men’s Flyweight

  • Jussier Formiga (Brazil), 2019: 5, All-time: 19, UFC debut: October 2012
  • Rogerio Bontorin (Brazil), 2019: 4, All-time: 5, UFC debut: February 2019
  • Kai Kara-France (New Zealand), 2019: 4, All-time: 5, UFC debut: December 2018
  • Raulian Paiva (Brazil), 2019: 5, All-time: 6, UFC debut: February 2019

Women’s Bantamweight

  • Germaine de Randamie (Netherlands), 2019: 1, All-time: 16, UFC debut: July 2013
  • Ketlen Vieira (Brazil), 2019: 1, All-time: 18, UFC debut: October 2016
  • Yana Kunitskaya (Lives in Russia, trains at JacksonWink MMA), 2019: 4, All-time: 11, UFC debut: February 2018
  • Irene Aldana (Mexico), 2019: 2, All-time: 12, UFC debut: December 2016
  • Lina Lansberg (Sweden), 2019: 1, All-time: 14, UFC debut: September 2016
  • Bethe Correia (Brazil), 2019: 2, All-time: 21, UFC debut: December 2013

Men’s Bantamweight

  • Petr Yan (Russia), 2019: 3, All-time: 7, UFC debut: June 2018
  • John Lineker (Lives in Brazil, trains at American Top Team), 2019: 4, All-time: 24, UFC debut: May 2012
  • Thomas Almeida (Brazil), 2019: 3, All-time: 22, UFC debut: November 2014

Women’s Featherweight

  • Bea Malecki (Lives in Sweden, trains at Fortis MMA), 2019: 0, All-time 2, UFC debut: May 2019
  • Duda Santana (Brazil), 2019: 0, All-time: 1, UFC debut: May 2019

Men’s Featherweight

  • Alex Volkanovski (Australia), 2019: 3, All-time: 11, UFC debut: November 2016
  • Jose Aldo (Brazil), 2019: 7, All-time: 40, UFC debut: April 2011
  • Mirsad Bektic (Lives in America, trains at Tristar MMA in Canada), 2019: 1, All-time: 18, UFC debut: April 2014
  • Yair Rodriguez (Lives in Mexico, trains in America), 2019: 1, All-time: 22, UFC debut: December 2014
  • Chan Sung Jung (South Korea), 2019: 1, All-time: 11, UFC debut: March 2011

Lightweight

  • Khabib Nurmagomedov (Lives in Russia, trains at American Kickboxing Academy), 2019: 5, All-time: 35, UFC debut: January 2012
  • Conor McGregor (Ireland), 2019: 3, All-time: 50, UFC debut: April 2013
  • Charles Oliveira (Brazil), 2019: 4, All-time: 14, UFC debut: August 2010
  • Islam Makhachev (Lives in Russia, trains at American Kickboxing Academy), 2019: 3, All-time: 17, UFC debut: May 2015

Welterweight

  • Darren Till (UK), 2019: 5, All-time: 22, UFC debut: May 2015
  • Leon Edwards (UK), 2019: 3, All-time: 17, UFC debut: November 2014
  • Demian Maia (Brazil), 2019: 4, All-time: 26, UFC debut: October 2007
  • Elizeu Zaleski Dos Santos (Brazil), 2019: 5, All-time: 15, UFC debut: May 2015

Middleweight

  • Robert Whittaker (Australia), 2019: 3, All-time: 26, UFC debut: December 2012
  • Israel Adesanya (New Zealand), 2019: 7, All-time: 16, UFC debut: February 2018
  • Jack Hermansson (Norway), 2019: 4, All-time: 14, UFC debut: September 2016
  • Paulo Costa (Brazil), 2019: 6, All-time: 33, UFC debut: March 2017
  • Antonio Carlos Junior (Lives in Brazil, trains at American Top Team), 2019: 3, All-time: 16, UFC debut: March 2014
  • Elias Theodorou (Canada), 2019: 3, All-time: 17, UFC debut: April 2014

Light Heavyweight

  • Alexander Gustafsson (Sweden), 2019: 2, All-time: 28, UFC debut: November 2009
  • Thiago Santos (Lives in Brazil, trains at American Top Team), 2019: 7, All-time: 28, UFC debut: August 2013
  • Jan Blachowicz (Poland), 2019: 3, All-time: 17, UFC debut: October 2014
  • Volkan Oezdemir (Switzerland), 2019: 4, All-time: 21, UFC debut: February 2017
  • Ilir Latifi (Sweden), 2019: 3, All-time: 20, UFC debut: April 2013
  • Jimi Manuwa (UK), 2019: 2, All-time: 16, UFC debut: September 2012
  • Johnny Walker (Brazil), 2019: 4, All-time: 6, UFC debut: November 2018
  • Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua (Brazil), 2019: 2, All-time: 18, UFC debut: September 2007
  • Misha Cirkunov (Canada), 2019: 6, All-time: 32, UFC debut: August 2015
  • Nikita Krylov (Russia), 2019: 3, All-time: 13, UFC debut: August 2013 (Fought elsewhere from June 2017 to May 2018)

Heavyweight

  • Alexander Volkov (Russia), 2019: 3, All-time: 18, UFC debut: November 2016
  • Shamil Abdurakhimov (Russia), 2019: 2, All-time: 13, UFC debut: April 2015
  • Tai Tuivasa (Australia), 2019: 2, All-time: 8, UFC debut: November 2017
  • Marcin Tybura (Lives in Poland, trains at JacksonWink MMA), 2019: 2, All-time: 20, UFC debut: May 2016
  • Blagoy Ivanov (Bulgaria), 2019: 3, All-time: 8, UFC debut: July 2018
  • Augusto Sakai (Brazil), 2019: 4, All-time: 6, UFC debut: September 2018

Average test numbers of fighters outside of the US = 17
Average test numbers of fighters in US = 22