An important part of the UFC Anti-Doping Program is the ability to test athletes without any advance notice in an out-of-competition setting. Athletes are subject to testing 365 days a year and do not have “off-seasons” or cutoff periods in which testing does not occur. Whereabouts information (dates, times, locations, etc.) is information submitted to USADA by an athlete that allows the athlete to be located for out-of-competition testing.
How does an athlete know if they must submit whereabouts information?
UFC athletes will be notified if they are required to submit whereabouts information. As outlined in the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, UFC athletes who have been identified and notified that they are part of the UFC Registered Testing Pool (UFC RTP) are responsible for directly keeping USADA informed of their whereabouts. UFC athletes who have not been notified of their responsibility to submit whereabouts information may still be tested out-of-competition by USADA.
When must Whereabouts Information be submitted to USADA?
Athletes in the UFC RTP must submit their whereabouts filings in the form of calendars, filled out online, detailing their regularly scheduled activities. Whereabouts filings are due the last day of each quarter in preparation for the next. As a result, there are four deadlines for whereabouts filings:
Quarter 1 – December 31
Quarter 2 – March 31
Quarter 3 – June 30
Quarter 4 – September 30
Additionally, athletes must promptly update their whereabouts filing information immediately upon learning that any information in a previously provided whereabouts filing is incomplete, inaccurate or has changed.
How does an athlete provide whereabouts updates to USADA?
Athletes can submit whereabouts changes to USADA via the digital options at the top of this page.
Athlete Express Website: login to access your submission
Update USADA App available for download on the App Store and Google Play.
Timely and accurate athlete whereabouts information is a vital component of a robust and effective anti-doping program. It is critically important that athletes submit their quarterly whereabouts filing by each deadline, update their whereabouts information when quarterly plans change, and make sure that they are available at the locations and times specified on their whereabouts filing or updates.
An athlete could receive a whereabouts failure if he/she is in the UFC RTP and:
- A quarterly whereabouts filing has not been submitted to USADA by the specified deadline;
- The athlete has not updated his/her whereabouts information in a prompt and timely manner; or
- An athlete’s whereabouts information is inaccurate or incomplete to reasonably locate them for testing.
Any combination of three whereabouts failures within a rolling 12-month period = Anti-Doping Policy Violation.
For more information on Whereabouts Failures, please consult the UFC Whereabouts Policy.