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UFC: UFC Featherweight Dan Ige narrates scary blood test story

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The implementation of United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in the UFC brought in a revolution towards cleaning the sport.

The system had fighters being tested at any time which ultimately did led to significant amount of fighters handed suspensions. The situation might seem win win, however it was not so for UFC featherweight Dan ‘The Dynamite’ Ige.

Ige got a call at 6:30 a.m. by people who he thought were from USADA, asking for his blood sample. Assuming they were from USADA, Ige obliged, only to know they were just strangers who went to a wrong address. Ige addressed the strange yet dangerous situation speaking with MMA Junkie.

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“Pretty typical – wake-up call, 6:30 a.m., I hear my doorbell ringing,” Ige told MMA Junkie. “They rung it like eight times, too. I’m like getting up, getting dressed, walking to the door. I open the door, and it’s one lady. She was by herself. She’s like, ‘Oh, we’re here to take your blood. I was like, ‘OK, come on in.’”

“I’m like half-asleep, you know?” Ige said. “I just think it’s USADA. They’re showing up, doing their job. I didn’t even question or think anything else, you know?

“So they took my blood. They took a lot. They took like three or four big vials, so I was like, ‘Oh, that’s a lot of blood,’ and they’re like, ‘Oh, yeah, we’re just doing your labs.’ So I’m thinking, ‘My labs? Uh, OK. Well, is there any paperwork we’ve got to do?’ They’re like, ‘Oh, no. No paperwork. Everything is digital. Let me just write down your name.’ I was like, ‘OK, last name Ige, first name Dan.’ And they actually said, ‘John.’ They’re like, ‘Oh, you’re not John. I’m like, ‘No, I’m not John. Who are you trying to reach?’” (via Twitter):


To his defense, Ige claimed he was just cooperating as it’s his duty as an athlete. Ige is still baffled about the situation and claims he will provide further details later.

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