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Mike Dolce questions if the IV ban is ‘protecting the health and safety of the athlete’

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USADA’s IV ban has come under fire ever since it came to light over the summer. Mike Dolce is the latest to question whether or not it is truly a wise thing for the well-being of UFC fighters.

Dolce, MMA’s most notable nutrition guru, is worried that fighters will not be fully rehydrated following weigh-ins and before entering the Octagon, he told Ariel Helwani on the 300th episode of The MMA Hour.

Dolce has heard some, including UFC vice president of athlete health and performance Jeff Novitzky, say that rehydrating orally is actually better than using an IV. He’s not too sure if that is the case.

“Not one single study has been ever done to prove that, because no study has ever been done on an athlete who is cutting weight, rehydrates and then gets kicked in the skull 24 hours later,” Dolce said. “There’s never been [any] research done on that. We don’t know the impact of TBI, traumatic brain injury. We have no idea what will actually happen in this modern era of MMA with the IV ban.”

The diet coach, who has worked with such fighters as Ronda Rousey, Chael Sonnen, Vitor Belfort and