Earlier today, #USADA updated their online database with the latest round of testing data. Among the 35 fighters tested this week (Table 1), there is an anomaly, as it shows that the former UFC bantamweight champion Dillashaw provided four samples.
Table 1 - USADA Database Update (May 3)
Claudia Gadelha and Brock Lesnar are the only other athletes to have been asked to provide this many samples in a single week since testing started in July 2015.
One of two things could have happened here. Either, USADA simply chose to double test Dillashaw in the same week, visiting him twice and asking for both blood and urine samples. Or alternatively, USADA visited him only the single time and twice made an error collecting the blood sample, thus he had to provide two additional samples.
Judge for yourself which you think is mostly likely, but whatever the case, four tests in a single week is not a common occurrence.
Dillashaw’s four samples this week brings his grand total since testing started up to 16 (Table 2). That’s six samples less than the table topper Vitor Belfort (22), five behind second placed Holly Holm (21), and four behind Yoel Romero and Conor McGregor (20) who sit in third place.
Table 2 - Most Samples Since Testing Began
Current UFC bantamweight world champion, Cody Garbrandt, who defends his title against Dillashaw at UFC 213 has provided 13 samples, while Dominick Cruz is currently topping the sample table at 135-pounds having provided 17.
Interestingly, the only current UFC champion to provide less samples than Garbrandt is Michael Bisping, who has provided twelve since testing started in July 2015.
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