Guest Bio: Jeff Novitzky is the VP of athlete health and performance for the UFC.
Topics Discussed: Congress going after athletes; Barry Bonds case; impact of athlete’s steroid use on kids; cycling and steroids; biological passport testing; animal testosterone and testing; keeping old blood for future drug testing in the UFC; Alex Rodriguez’s use of PEDs; Jose Canseco’s Jucied book; baseball today; steroids and fighting; testosterone replacement therapy; testosterone and traumatic brain injury; TRT abuse; therapeutic use exemptions; IV bans; oral rehydration; weight cutting and weight classes; UFC adding more weight classes; IVs during camp; punishment for failing tests; mental burden of doping; testing travelling athletes; altitude training, cryogenic chambers, and other legal performance enhancing methods; EPO; reaction from fighters; Vitor Belfort’s suspicious testosterone levels; testosterone and epitestosterone ratio; testing time of day; USADA’s abuse hotline; BALCO case; Victor Conte; Jose Aldo and IVs; Conor McGregor; UFC injuries and rehab; training properly; impact of weight cuts; Travis Lutter; health problems from weight cuts; matching fighters based on size not weight; new PEDs; Anderson Silva’s NSAC suspension; accidental contamination; testing over-the-counter supplements; USADA Supplement 411; banning machines or systems; gene doping; bodybuilders; myostatin inhibitors; natural genetic advantages; supplement ingredients from China; WADA’s prohibited list; Anderson Silva and out-of-competition testing; in and out-of-competition testing; recreational drugs; Jon Jones testing positive for cocaine out-of-competition; acceptable levels of marijuana; Nick Diaz fought high during Anderson Silva fight; weed’s effect on athletes; is marijuana a performance enhancing drug; how often will fighters be tested; Rafael dos Anjos; looking like a fighter is on steroids; anonymous false tips; new types of testing; UFC is the only sport with independent drug testing; football and PEDs; Wanderlei Silva and running from a drug test; Jose Aldo’s recent drug test.
My Thoughts: Interesting stuff if you’re a fan of UFC or sports in general. Sticks to the topic at hand. Joe has gotten good lately at not going off on tangents about things that he’s passionate about.
Podcast Video: Below is a video of The Joe Rogan Experience podcast episode #685 available for streaming via YouTube.
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