Ronda Rousey’s Manager Sets Drug Testing Rules for Cyborg Fight

Ronda Rousey’s manager, Darin Harvey told Mike Chiapetta of today that he would mandate comprehensive drug testing of Cris Cyborg if the women’s MMA marquee matchup between Rousey and Cyborg becomes a reality.

Rousey took home her 9th armbar victory this past Saturday and went on to call out Cris Cyborg. Cyborg seemingly ducked following Rousey calling her out by tweeting that she was planning on getting released from ZUFFA to fight in a promotion that featured a women’s featherweight division.  The tweet itself seemed full of delusion as Strikeforce had held a women’s featherweight fight on the Rousey vs Kaufman card that night.  Cyborg later deleted the tweet.

Though it’s uncertain if the bout will even be signed, Rousey also told Cyborg to get down to bantamweight to fight her. For Cyborg the weight cut could be a physical impossibility.  Besides that, Cyborg also remains suspended until December 2012 for testing positive for an anabolic steroid.

Whether or not this fight happens at 135 or 145 or a catch weight, Harvey has already devised a plan to ensure that Ronda risks nothing in regards to fighting a woman who’s used steroids to have an edge in her fights.

Harvey told that he would be willing to pay for the testing he would require to make sure that Cyborg doesn’t dodge taking them.  The comprehensive testing would include hair follicle testing that can detect drugs for up to three months after its original ingestion and random drug tests for Cyborg during her camp.

“I’ll tell you why,” he said. “I believe this is not the first time she used steroids; it’s only the first time she’s been caught.

“I wasn’t surprised,” Harvey continued. “People have speculated but you couldn’t really prove it. Now, it’s been proven. This is my belief. I’m not a doctor but I’ve been around athletes my whole life and I believe that when you take steroids, you alternate your body permanently. Maybe you lose some of the muscle mass, but a lot remains. So she’s permanently altered her body. And I want everything to be to our advantage. She’s been taking male hormones, and it’s not only unethical, it’s freaking dangerous, and you’re endangering the lives of the athletes. She’s coming in there basically with man-like strength or male hormones in her body, and she’s endangering the lives of our athletes.”


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