Jeff Novitzky is the current Vice President of Athlete Health and Performer for the UFC. Previously he served as an agent for the Food and Drug Administration, investigating the use of steroids in professional sports.
Sam and Jason are back for the first episode of “The MMA Insiders Podcast” of 2018 and they discuss the recent appearance by Jeff Novitzky and Jimmy Smith on the Joe Rogan Podcast.
Up first, they talk about some of the things that Novitzky stated on Rogan’s podcast about the UFC anti-doping policy with USADA and the Jon Jones case. Sam tells you what surprised him about what Novitzky stated on the podcast and Jason explains why he found the podcast very informative about the UFC anti-doping policy.
Following the discussion about that topic, the guys transition over to Jimmy Smith exiting Bellator and the promotion bringing in “Big” John McCarthy to be a color commentator for Bellator. Sam and Jason talk about this move, whether or not they think Smith could be heading to the UFC, and thoughts on McCarthy being given this opportunity.
Also on this episode of the podcast, they answer listener submitted questions, Dana White’s interview with Kevin Iole, Alliance MMA reportedly purchasing Legacy Fighting Alliance, and Sam tells you what he thinks the Disney/FOX deal and rumored Netflix/Apple talks could impact Viacom and Bellator.
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Former UFC Middleweight champion Chris Weidman and UFC Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance Jeff Novitzky join Matt and guest co-host Phoenix Carnevale in-studio to discuss a variety of topics including USADA testing, tainted supplements, marijuana, male enhancement pills, Jon Jones, Lance Armstrong, Cortney Casey, UFC 217, and much, much more. Before that, Din Thomas calls in to discuss Ricardo Liborio's departure from American Top Team, Colby Covington, and the new episode of Dana White: Lookin' For a Fight. Plus, the group makes their UFC 217 title fight picks.