In an effort to clean up the organization, the UFC announced it has hired Jeff Novitzky to lead the anti-doping movement.
Novitzky was an investigator in the BALCO case that led to Barry Bonds and Marion Jones being implicated, in addition the an investigation on Lance Armstrong.
“I am thrilled to be joining a world-class organization like UFC, that is committed to taking the necessary steps to ensure all of its athletes are competing in a clean sport,” Novitzky said in a statement. “I am confident that UFC will be able to create a new gold standard testing program and implement it so a sustainable and level playing field is provided for all athletes.”
Chael Sonnen and Anderson Silva are more prominent names that have been suspended for PEDs, but it’s a company-wide issue. This is the first step in cleaning up the sport. It’s a pretty big one.