Jeff Novitzky, the UFC's vice president of athlete health and performance, has remarked UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey could be a role model for the newly-implemented drug testing program of the UFC.
Novitzky, the former federal agent who has been charged with coordinating the system in conjunction with the United States Anti-Doping Agency, said he appreciates the fact that Rousey went out of her way to show her appreciation to sample collectors who came to collect her blood sample after an August victory over Bethe Correia. Novitzky said the sample collectors who went in the wee hours of a Sunday morning in Brazil were praised by Ronda Rousey for their efforts in ensuring a clean sport.
The UFC VP added it is good to have a fighter like Ronda Rousey who is so eager to cooperate and be a part of the anti-doping program. Novitzky also commented that our top athletes are ambassadors because they’re role models not only to the public, but to our other athletes and also said when they heard Ronda Rousey out there confirming this is a great program and something good for UFC, and he thinks that not only the public listens, but our other athletes listen.
The American mixed martial artist is the first and current UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion. Rousey also has the distinction of being the last Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Champion. Rousey is undefeated in mixed martial arts and had won all of her twelve professional fights. In 2008, she became the U.S. woman to earn an Olympic medal in Judo at the Summer Olympics in Beijing in 2008. She was ranked number one of fifty Most Dominant Athletes Alive in 2015. She is the consensus #1 pound-for-pound female MMA fighter in the world, according to MMARising, MMAWeekly, and other publications and is the #4 pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC as of June 20, 2015. Ronda also made some appearances in Hollywood movies such as the 2014 film The Expendables 3, Furious 7, and Entourage. At the age of 17, Ronda became the youngest judoka in the entire Games when she qualified for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. She won a gold medal at the World Junior Judo Championships in Budapest in 2004.
Ronda's mother, AnnMaria De Mars, was the first U.S. citizen, male or female, to win a World Judo Championship.
In another development, Novitzky said he and the government did not set out to entrap Barry Bonds. The retired home run king was indicted on perjury and obstruction charges and accused of lying to a grand jury after his name came in connection with the 2003 raid of the Bay-Area Laboratory Co-Operative. Bonds served a house arrest of one month before the conviction was overturned in April. Novitzky, who led the investigation into performance enhancing drugs that led to the prosecution of Bonds, remarked we did everything that we could to try to prevent him from not telling the truth and said he was “a little disappointed’’ that the conviction of Bonds was overturned.