Welcome to the latest edition of Rear-Naked Choke Radio.  On this episode, New Jersey State Athletic Control Board Counsel Nick Lembo (@NickLembo) joins Jason Kelly (@JayKellyMMA) and Joe Rizzo (@rearnakedchoke) to break down the PED (performance-enhancing drugs) epidemic running rampant through MMA.

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Lembo, who oversees MMA, boxing, kickboxing and other combat sports in the state of New Jersey, is able to take the complicated matters and articulate them into terms the average fan can understand. He explained the differences between how New Jersey operates from how the Nevada State Athletic Commission handles matters, including the cases of Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz. Going further into details from within his own jurisdiction, Lembo discussed medicinal marijuana use in MMA, the expenses of drug testing, the extensive testing in combat sports compared to other sports and more. With the UFC scheduled to visit Newark, N.J. in April for UFC on Fox 15, Lembo also revealed what other promotions could visit the state in 2015.

As always, feel free to comment below or send feedback about the show to @RNCRadio or @CombatPress on Twitter, or on Facebook at RNC Radio or Combat Press.

About The Author

Jason Kelly
Radio Host

Jason Kelly has been a lifelong fan of martial arts and was instantly hooked on MMA after watching the pay-per-view broadcast of UFC 1 at 12 years old. The Canadian dabbled in martial arts and MMA over the years, but the sport he excelled at was basketball. Jason’s introduction to MMA media started at MMA Religion, which led to his position as a feature writer on MMA DieHards. Jason eventually became the Feature Content Manager at MMA DieHards. His duties at MMA DieHards led to hosting MMA DieHards Radio and MMA Cypher Radio with Corey Charron, before going on to join Joe Rizzo's longtime-running show, Rear Naked Choke Radio. Following a short hiatus from covering the sport he loves, Jason joined the staff at Combat Press. Aside from his interest in MMA, Jason has a passion for hip hop, especially battle rap. He considers himself a hip hop connoisseur and is always up for a conversation on the subject.

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