The UFC announced recently that they have hired Jeff Novitzky, an expert on anti-doping, as vice president of athlete health and performance.
Novitzky has been a federal agent with the United States Food and Drug Administration since 2008, leading several investigations into companies suspected of illegal distribution of dietary supplements and designer steroids.
Prior to joining the FDA, Novitzky was a college athlete for San Jose State University.
“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,” he said. “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.”
The UFC has committed itself to year-round testing of all athletes.
“There is no bigger advocate of clean professional sports than Jeff Novitzky,” UFC Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Lawrence Epstein said. “When we announced our commitment for an enhanced drug testing program in February, we wanted to ensure that the best people would be helping move this program forward and Jeff will lead the UFC in developing the most comprehensive anti-doping policy in professional sports.”