Jeff Novitzky Wants More Testing From USADA


The UFC partnered up with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) a few years back in an attempt to clean up the sport of MMA and to weed out those who are using PEDs.

UFC Vice President Of Athlete Health & Performance Jeff Novitzky says that he wants the number of tests done by USADA to increase.

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“I’ve definitely had those discussions with USADA,” Novitzky said during a UFC 235 media scrum (via MMA Junkie).

Khalid Murtazaliev was the latest fighter caught using illegal substances by USADA and was given a two year suspension for those illegal practices.

Outside of increased testing, one more thing that Novitzky wants USADA to do is test fighters on the day of a fight.

“But again, we definitely expressed to them our preference would be everybody tested on fight night, and I think our increased number of tests going forward now is going to solve that issue,” he said.

There has been no comments from USADA officials at this time as to whether or not there is going to be increased testing on the fighters or even the addition of fight night testing, which are the two things Novitzky wants to see implemented in the future.

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