YouTube-star-turned-boxer Paul has been accused of refusing to take a VADA drug test ahead of his fight with Fury in Florida on December 18
Michael Bisping has questioned why Jake Paul has allegedly refused to be drug tested for his upcoming fight with Tommy Fury.
Fury’s father John first claimed Paul had turned down voluntary testing and is convinced the internet star is ‘ hiding something ‘ ahead of the December 18 clash.
Paul took part in drug testing for his fight with Tyron Woodley in August, but it was on behalf of the Ohio Athletic Commission, not the recognised Voluntary Ant-Doping Association (VADA).
But Woodley claimed he was not drug tested for the fight despite producing a negative test and accused Paul of taking steroids in the lead-up to the fight.
Bisping – who was highly critical of performance-enhancing drugs during his lengthy MMA career – described Paul’s decision to turn down VADA testing as “bizarre”.
“Recently we have seen the rise of Jake Paul. Jake Paul is doing great things in combat sports and he’s young in his career,” he said on his YouTube channel.
“But I just saw, a moment ago an MMA Junkie article said that he hasn’t allowed drug testing to happen, for his latest against Tommy Fury, which is bizarre.
“He’s put in all kinds of stipulations about ‘you got to change your name to Tommy Fumbles’ and this and that.
“There’s all kinds of things in there, all kinds of stipulations, lots of rules, lots of work for the lawyers to put in, but he refused or said he didn’t want to have VADA testing in there.
“Which is, I don’t know, that’s a little suspect, I don’t know, I mean if you’ve got nothing to hide.”
Mirror Fighting has contacted Paul’s representative for comment.
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Paul and Fury traded words at a press conference last week which was overshadowed by John’s comments that forced an apology from BT Sport.
Former UFC middleweight turned analyst Chael Sonnen – a past opponent of Bisping’s – thinks any fighter would be a “fool” to take part in VADA testing.
Sonnen – who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs during his UFC career – thinks there are no benefits for fighters taking part in the voluntary testing.
He said on his YouTube channel: “Nobody should do VADA. VADA should not have the doors open. It is the most ridiculous thing. Why would you ever, ever offer to put yourself under scrutiny? That is a fool’s move.
“You get absolutely nothing for it, and you potentially get suspended if you did agree to do it.
“I’m only sharing this with you because I know how it looks for Paul and I know how it looks for other people who publicly refuse to do VADA.”