“Until now nobody came” – ‘Secret Juice consumer’ Paulo Costa reacts to UFC’s new drug-testing methods after USADA split

Paulo Costa reacts to his testing routine after the UFC-USADA split, claiming that his life was much better than before.


“Until now nobody came” – ‘Secret Juice consumer’ Paulo Costa reacts to UFC’s new drug-testing methods after USADA split

Paulo Costa responds to his testing regimen noting that his life is much better than before (via Fight Site)

UFC middleweight contender Paulo Costa has emerged as a passionate opponent of USADA. He has been very vocal about opposing the drug testing agency’s protocols. In a recent interview, he expressed satisfaction with the UFC’s decision to terminate their relationship with USADA. The UFC’s change highlights the complicated connection between athletes and anti-doping procedures.

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Talking to  Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour, Costa showed his satisfaction and happiness about the split. He believes that he is now finally ‘free’ without USADA officials constantly showing up to drug test him. The ingredients of his ‘secret juice‘ drink have come into question several times. When asked by Helwani about how his life is after the UFC-USADA split, this is what he had to say: 

It is very nice because till now, nobody came.
Paulo Costa via The MMA Hour

Costa’s hatred of USADA originates from previous issues and rumors about the usage of performance-enhancing drugs. Costa faced greater testing frequency and public attention as a result of USADA’s stringent oversight.

USADA’s severe testing standards have been a cause of friction in the MMA scene. Fighters frequently voiced dissatisfaction with early morning inspections and the apparent violation of privacy. Paulo Costa, one of the most tested athletes on the UFC roster, sees the split as a shift away from heightened scrutiny and towards a more relaxed testing atmosphere.

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Paulo Costa takes a final jab at USADA before their split with UFC

Following the UFC’s decision to cut ways with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), Brazilian middleweight contender Paulo Costa has taken one more shot at the organization before their separation. Costa was a prominent opponent of the USADA’s testing procedures.

Paulo Costa takes one final jab at USADA before their split from UFC
Paulo Costa takes one final jab at USADA before their split from UFC (via MMA Mania)

Costa’s anger for USADA is not new. The recent break between the UFC and the anti-doping organization appears to have given him another opportunity to show his dissatisfaction. Costa took to his official Twitter account and polled his fans on whether the UFC’s move to break relations with USADA was good or bad. A sizable majority, 60%, of voters approved of the separation. This led Costa to reveal one of his worst experiences with USADA.

The 32-year-old fighter described some difficulties he had under USADA’s control. Costa described being awakened in the middle of the night for blood and urine tests. This caused worry during key training camps. He expressed dissatisfaction with the disturbance to his sleep and the ensuing effect on the quality of his morning training sessions.

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