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Ronda Rousey “Shocked” At MMA’s Poor Drug Testing Standards, Proud of Changes

Ronda Rousey “Shocked” At MMA’s Poor Drug Testing Standards, Proud of Changes

Ronda Rousey has been busy with media obligations in Brazil this week, as we described yesterday here at Caged Insider.

Among the topics that the UFC women’s bantamweight champion has addressed is the UFC’s new anti-doping policy, which went into place earlier this month.

Rousey, who says she has been tested three times at random in the weeks leading up to tomorrow’s title defense, described the new policy as a huge improvement.

“I know when I first came to MMA and I saw the drastic difference between the U.S. Anti-Doping and the professional MMA doping, I was just like, it is so easy to cheat,” Rousey said in an interview with MMA Fighting. “I was shocked. Now it’s at a point where it’s like, okay, finally. It’s not like someone hands you a cup and is like, ‘go in that room over there and just come back with something.’ And I’d be like, ‘how is that even…?'”

Rousey describes herself as proud of the measures she had grown accustomed to as a US judo athlete, and glad to see the UFC follow suit.

“The U.S., what I really like about their Olympic program, they are out to get their athletes,” Rousey said. “Like, they are not out to try and help them pass international tests, so I was always really, really proud of that. So now I’m really proud of the drug testing we have in MMA now.”

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