2015 has already featured several memorable fights, but unfortunately, the issue of performance enhancing drugs and failed drug tests continue to dominate headlines. Sure, PED scandals aren’t anything new, but when you have the consensus greatest-of-all-time in Anderson Silva allegedly test positive for steroids, and then another big name fighter like Hector Lombard do the same, the fights no longer take center stage.
In recent days, fighters like Ronda Rousey, Georges St-Pierre, and Robbie Lawler, among others, have all weighed in on the issue of PEDs, and UFC commentator Joe Rogan has also done the same. In a recent episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast, the accomplished martial artist reportedly had this to say about the issue (quotes via MMA Fighting.com):
“The UFC and MMA in general is a steroid epidemic,” Rogan said. “They’ve started this really stringent testing and everybody is getting popped. They’re just getting popped left and right. It’s one of the things fighters have been saying for a long time, that everyone is on steroids, a huge percentage. Give a number 50, 60 [percent]. Whatever the f**k it is that are on steroids.”
“The idea of a normal training camp, which is, fighters will workout sometimes three times a day.” said Rogan. “Maybe they’ll run and do sprints in the morning, then they’ll do some kind of strength and conditioning in the afternoon. Then they’ll do wrestling or Jiu-Jitsu at night. Then they’ll vary. The next day they might do kickboxing in the morning and running in the afternoon, then weight lifting at night. But you’re talking about working out three times in a day because you have all these different skills you have to work on.
“You have to work on your wrestling, kickboxing, jiu-jitsu. There’s not enough time in the day, and there’s not enough time to recover. So that’s when Dr. Feelgood comes in.”
There’s no question that MMA is an extremely difficult sport to prepare for, and thus this is why injuries are such a common occurrence. Clearly many MMA insiders believe PED use is widespread in the sport, so, with random testing now in play, it will be interesting to see what unfolds in the coming months.
Since word of Silva’s drug test has come out, the former UFC middleweight champ has denied taking PEDs. Both he and Lombard are expected to appear in front of the Nevada Commission on February 17th.