Ronda Rousey Welcomes UFC Drug Test
UFC powerhouse, Ronda Rousey, had a little time to celebrate her August victory when she showed her stuff with a knock out fight with Bethe Correia as shortly after the match she was approached my the UFC anti-doping staff who informed her that she needed to give them a blood sample.
The sample was required in order to conduct a drug test for performance enhancing drugs as part of a new, thorough anti-doping program that was drafted by the UFC’s new head honcho, Jeff Novitzky. Rousey proved that she is ever the professional as she took the testing in stride and paid little mind to the inconvenience it caused her during the 20 minutes it took to obtain the sample.
” ‘What was her reaction?’ ” Novitzky asked his team responsible for conducting Rousey’s drug tests. “They were like, ‘She couldn’t thank us enough. She said thank you guys so much for coming down here. You traveled all the way from the United States to do this, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate what you’re doing.’ “
Novitzky credits the UFC champ as a great ambassador for the the newly instituted anti-doping program. He said, “That’s really important, that our top athletes are ambassadors because they’re role models not only to the public, but to our other athletes. And when they heard Ronda Rousey out there confirming this is a great program and something good for UFC, I think that not only the public listens, but our athletes listen.”
Details of the New Anti-Doping Program
The program was announced in September and consists of random drug testing that will be conducted year-round without notice. Fighters who test positive will be subject to stiffer penalties than ever before with sanctions ranging from two to four year suspensions and beyond. The tracking of drug use doesn’t end at drug testing, though, as the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency intends to also track individual biomarkers over a great length of time in an effort to eliminate doping in the sport.
Novitzky said of the new program, “The goal is always to completely eliminate doping in sports, and you do that by using every known tool in the book and putting in your policy and program like we do. This is a program that I think all professional sports can take a look at and use as an example, to look and see what they’re doing and the possible shortcomings they have in their program and measure up theirs to ours.”
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