No way! Holly Holm has been caught up in a steroids scandal following her dominant win over Ronda Rousey at UFC 193. A company that sponsors Holly sells banned substances and an anti-doping expert calls this relationship ‘highly suspicious.’
Whoa. Holly Holm, 34, became one of the baddest women on the planet after she knocked out Ronda Rousey, 28, to win the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship. But now, Holly’s win is coming under scrutiny after it was discovered she’s connected to a company that sells steroids!
Holly is sponsored by Intel Pharma, reports USA Today. The Texas-based company sells supplements reportedly containing substances that are banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency. UFC follows the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s rules, which adheres to the WADA’s rules and regulations. While this sponsorship doesn’t mean Holly is on steroids, it doesn’t look good for the new UFC champ.
“This looks highly suspicious,” Victor Conte, founder of the Bay Area Lab Co-Operative that provided both legal and illegal substances to athletes in the past, told USA Today Sports, adding “So now one of the biggest stars in UFC, Holly Holm, is endorsing crazy, fringe (supplements) that [UFC’s anti-doping chief, Jeff Novitzky] is known for busting people for doing.”
Both Intel Pharma and JAK Nutrition congratulated Holly on her Nov. 14 win. JAK Nutrition, which sells Intel Pharma products, lists four of them as Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators, which are considered steroids by WADA. That means they’re considered steroids by UFC.
Holly’s manager, Lenny Frezquez, said that he and Holly were aware Intel Pharma sold banned substances. Whether Holly used the products, Lenny didn’t inspire confidence in his reply. “Holly didn’t really use them,” he told USA Today, “so it’s not a big deal. I’m sure she didn’t use any of them. She might have taken a picture with one.”
What does this mean for Ronda and Holly’s proposed rematch at UFC 200 in July 2016? Ronda is already serving a six-month suspension, out of concern she suffered a traumatic head injury during her fight with Holly. If there’s more to Holly’s relationship to Intel Pharma than just money, is the rematch of the century in danger?
Landon Suggs, CEO of Intel Pharma, said his company stopped producing and selling products with the banned substances no later than June, which was reportedly before they started sponsoring Holly. Intel Pharma has reportedly issued a recall of such products.
What do you think of Holly’s association with a steroid-selling company, HollywoodLifers?
— Jason Brow