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What are Whereabouts Failures?

Whereabouts requirements aren’t always easy or convenient, but accurate and complete Whereabouts information is critical to USADA’s ability to conduct the no-notice, out-of-competition testing that is part of an effective anti-doping program. Out-of-competition testing helps protect clean sport and deter doping by eliminating times that athletes know they won’t be tested and may otherwise use performance-enhancing drugs.

Athletes in the UFC Registered Testing Pool (UFC RTP) are required by the UFC Anti-Doping Policy (UFC ADP) to submit quarterly Whereabouts and provide Whereabouts updates on an ongoing basis to ensure that they can be located for testing. UFC athletes must provide a full address for their overnight location, and the name and full address of each location where they train, work, or conduct other regular scheduled activities, as well as the usual time-frames of each activity.

The UFC Whereabouts Policy requires that athletes comply with Whereabouts and testing obligations, and failure to comply with an obligation will result in a Whereabouts Failure.


An athlete can receive a Whereabouts Failure in any of four ways:


1. Failure to submit a completed Whereabouts Filing by the deadline

If a UFC athlete does not file the required Whereabouts information by the quarterly deadline, they are subject to a Whereabouts Failure.

The deadlines for quarterly Whereabouts Filings are:

  • December 31
  • March 31
  • June 30
  • September 30


2. Failure to promptly update Whereabouts information

Whereabouts Failures can also be issued if athletes don’t update their Whereabouts information promptly when their schedule changes from their quarterly filing. For example, athletes must update immediately when they book previously unplanned travel or switch training locations.

While Whereabouts do require time and diligence, UFC athletes can sign up for weekly or daily texts or emails if they need additional reminders about the status of their Whereabouts information.


3. Failure to provide accurate or sufficient information

Whereabouts Failures can additionally be issued if information provided in the Whereabouts Filing or updates is insufficient or inaccurate (i.e., without full addresses, dates, or time-frames).


4. Failure to be located for testing

Additionally, a Whereabouts Failure can be issued if a Doping Control Officer (DCO) makes a reasonable attempt to test an athlete at the locations provided on an athlete’s Whereabouts Filing or updates and the athlete cannot be located for testing.



TAKEAWAY: Anti-Doping Policy Violation (ADPV) due to Whereabouts Failures

Any cumulation of three Whereabouts Failures in a rolling 12-month period can result in an ADPV and a period of ineligibility of up to two years for a first violation.


Want more information?

For questions about testing and Whereabouts, call UFC Athlete Express at (866) 601-2632, international toll-free at +8008-120-8120, or email ufcathleteexpress@usada.org.



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