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“Their Bodies Are Changing Radically…” – Joe Rogan & Ronda Rousey Stressed on USADA’s ‘No Joke’ Policy in 2015

Published 12/16/2022, 1:47 PM EST

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UFC commentator Joe Rogan spoke to Former Strikeforce Champion Ronda Rousey about the importance of proper testing in MMA tournaments. In an old podcast episode, the host compared USADA’s methods and found them to be much more effective. Because previously, fighters had a sure-proof method to avoid getting caught in their tests. But, since Jeff Novitzky and USADA took over, it became harder for the cheaters.

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Even UFC legend Ronda Rousey shared how the tests at her high school were stricter than those during her time at Strikeforce and UFC. Until USADA came in to make life terrible for those who cheated on their tests.


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Joe Rogan noticed physical changes in athletes after USADA started testing

In episode #690, Rogan hosted Ronda Rousey and Edmond Tarverdyan. The JRE host proved his theory and mentioned how UFC fighters changed. Their bodies looked different before and after the USADA enforced their strict tests. This change possibly occurred due to a lack of performance-enhancement dr*gs.

Joe Rogan said, “Their bodies are changing radically…”


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He explained with an instance, “Look at the difference between Vitor before and after the Weidman fight”

The Former Fear factor host recalled the UFC 187 middleweight bout between Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort.


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Their rematch was supposed to happen, but Vitor Belfort displayed elevated testosterone levels at a USADA test. And their second fight got canceled. Furthermore, Belfort displayed significant body changes after the tests.

The UFC commentator trusted the USADA policy

The Former fear factor host shared how easier it was for fighters to pass their tests. But, it all ceased after the USADA arrived in 2015.

Joe Rogan believed in 2015 that USADA, with Senior Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance for the UFC Jeff Novitzky, was formidable. Novitzky had absolute authority and demanded fair testing for all athletes.

“This Jeff Novitzky guy is not f*cking playing games!”

“And the testing that they’re implementing on these athletes is no joke.”

But, due to this drastic measure, some athletes started to fall apart and look much different.


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Despite the entire Conor McGregor-USADA fiasco, they are reputed to conduct fair tests.

” It’s pretty intense and it will absolutely weed out the cheaters. It’s just going to take time. But, for these guys that relied on it for the longest time, you’re seeing a difference in the way they look.”


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And, Even UFC legend Ronda Rousey agreed with the podcast host’s view on the imminent effect USADA had.

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Vulligundam Ruthwik

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Vulligundam Ruthwik is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Ruthwik has completed his Mass Communication and Journalism from St. Joseph’s in Hyderabad.

Edited By: Vineet Nandwana