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Monday, 02/10/2014, 10:38 am

Anthony Johnson: Pay us like MLB stars and we won’t have to use PED’s

Anthony “Rumble” Johnson is set to make his second stint with the UFC when he returns to face Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis at April’s UFC 172 event in Baltimore, Maryland.

Johnson was a recent guest on SiriusXM’s ‘TapouT Radio,’ where he discussed the hot topics of Performance Enhancing Drugs (PED’s) and Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) in relation to the sport of Mixed Martial Arts.

What “Rumble” had to say on subject was rather shocking, as you can read below:

“In every sport people are using something,” he told host Ricky Bones. “I mean, as long as nobody dies, nobody pulls a Chris Benoit, you know what I’m saying? I think everything is going to be fine. If it’s something that can absolutely help you, I don’t see what the problem is. Until that moment you go crazy on the person, whoever it may be, you can’t absolutely blame the… I don’t know. I guess it’s just an iffy situation.”

“If you abuse it, of course you are going to get popped for it and do stupid stuff. But if you use it the right way and you just do what you are supposed to do, then it shouldn’t be a problem. But with the way the world is right now, hell you can… Everything is all messed up right now. I don’t know man. I think if you can do it, do it. I don’t have nothing against it. You know what I’m saying? As long as you don’t kill nobody.”

Johnson has his suspicions that some fighters, especially those going hard for 5-rounds, are likely on some type of PED’s:

“I told my manager and stuff, I was like ‘Dude, I know these guys work out hard and stuff like that,’ that’s what we do, but I’m like, ‘Ain’t no way in hell anybody is supposed to go 25 minutes in a championship fight all-out like that without gassing some type of way,'” Johnson said. “Even if you pace yourself… Those dudes be ready for another three rounds after the five rounds. You know what I’m saying? I don’t know.”

“They got to be taking something. You got to take something, even if it’s legal or illegal. With as much training as we do, you have to take something. I mean, it doesn’t have to be illegal, but you have to do something, because you just can’t say ‘I’m going to to home and go to sleep’ and just wake up in the morning and feel better. It doesn’t work like that.”

The host referred to an article that suggested that if PED’s were in fact legal, that it could help level the playing field in MMA as others would follow suit. Johnson agreed with the notion:

“I think so too,” he said. “The one thing that he didn’t say is that you got guys like A-Rod and all them. They making millions per game. We making a couple thousand. They look at us and be like, ‘Man that’s pocket change for me.’ Hell, I’m probably about to say something stupid but I’m about to say, either pay us like them (MLB) and then we won’t have to use it, or let us use it so we can get to that level. One or the other… Let us do something.”

I will call Anthony’s most recent comments…umm… ‘Interesting.’ What’s your take Penn Nation? Sound off!

By Chris Taylor



59 Responses to “Anthony Johnson: Pay us like MLB stars and we won’t have to use PED’s”

  1. magoo says:

    Sounds like a confession to me

  2. Xaninho says:

    I don’t really think he’s necessarily talking about himself, but his manager should not let him talk in public. He’s a bit gullible for thinking he can say stuff like that without being frowned upon.

  3. Gargoyle Wrestling says:

    He’s not the brightest bulb in the pack, but maybe it’s just his ability to speak succinctly, but overall, I agree with him. Many of these fighters smoke illegal poison and as long as they quit long enough before a fight, they don’t test positive. Why not be able to use PEDS in the right way to allow strength building,etc. Most do it anyways. Stop all the hypocrisy and let’m juice and fight. If they don’t want to take care of themselves and abuse it, then they should have the right to do so….It’s called self-reliance. Grown men don’t need nanny’s.

    • Kerry Norton says:

      Illegal poison. What a douche you are.

    • Jay Sutcliffe says:

      Smoking poison? LOL. I hope you are not talking about pot. To use marijuana and steroids in the same sentence only speaks to your lack of insight into both pot and steroids.

      Professional sports has got to take a stance against both pot and steroids; There is a standard or an expectation that comes with being a professional athlete. Dana White has never been shy about his goal to put MMA on the map with the other major sports. And that, like it or not makes them a role model to some degree. You will see leeway with Pot before steroids do to the fact that in Canada and a lot of states it is on the verge of being decriminalized, if it is not legal already. Once it is legal by law, the rules will change. The steroids issue comes with ethical and moral baggage.

      This whole portion of the interview with Rumble sounded a lot like a guy semi-subtly justifying his own personal steroid use.

  4. STFUUIgnants says:

    You should know not to be honest and speak your mind Rumble. Theyre either going to question your intelligence, your integrity or both.

  5. team backfist says:

    Made his way back to the UFC and is already stepping on their toes.

    • BrainSmasher says:

      Apparently its true. You cant fix stupid. I think PE’s should be legal or at least looked more into. BUt his reasoning is borderline retarded. How does money make him not need PE’s? He couldn’t even control his weight in the UFC and he is wondering why others can go 5 rounds? Maybe they are more dedicated to eating right and training harder than he is? I believe most people in top promotions are using PE’s. I also always thought he was and this confirms it. But for him to be on PE’s and still be carrying the extra weight he has. Shows his lack of dedication and self control. He is juiced up 2-3 weight classes and still has junk in the trunk!

  6. Bg says:

    The problem with legalizing PED’s is perhaps someone is a great fighter, but doesn’t want to decrease their quality of life 20 yrs down the road. Well now that guy can’t compete with the juicers.

    • BrainSmasher says:

      How do we know they would decrease their quality of life? What we have seen if athletes in many sports add 10 years to their prime. Where are the dead bodies from steroids? Is Bonds Crippled up? What about McGwire, Sosa, Clemens, Lance Armstrong, Ken Shamrock, Tim Sylvia, Josh Barnett, etc?
      I understand there is people who will not want to take PE’s. But there is also people who don’t like to lift weights and spend hours in the gyms. Some do it because they have to and some choose not to do it in all sports and because of it never make it to the big leagues. At some point lifting weights and adding muscle mass and strength become part of the job description. NFL players didn’t work out like that in the 60’s and 70’s. Eventually those who didn’t work out got weeded out of sports. No reason that PE’s cant become part of the job description also given that they are much safer than what people think and much safer than a lot of the crap the general public is using. PE “use” not “abuse” seems to be relatively safe for athletes. That is why I like the UFC testing process. The testing is just enough to keep people from getting out of hand with it. If you get careless or stupid. You get caught. You have to cycle it and limit your time using it.

  7. XXxxMacleodxxXX says:

    what a dumbass……

  8. Steve Mayet says:

    He’s been hit in the head too many times. Pay them like MLB players so they don’t have to use PEDs? That’s exactly why MLB players use them. Yes the UFC pays them chump change, but be serious.

  9. Thisisscotty says:

    Im a fan of Rumbles but i think i might just got alittle dumber reading what he was saying.. Some of the stuff he is saying doesnt even make since.. What does making alot of money have to do with PED’s? If they got paid million like MLB players, they wouldnt do it? These players in the MLB are making millions and doing it.. haha I think he didnt actually sit there for a quick few seconds and think about what he was going to say and just started saying whatever to try to make something out of it..

  10. LG says:

    So his logic is since the UFC doesn’t pay millions to it’s fighters, they have no other choice than to take PED’s. But pay them millions and they will stop using??
    So with his logic, A-Rod and all the others should have stopped using PED’s once they got to that level, which obviously they did not.
    The MLB can pay these athletes that much money because leagues such as the MLB, NFL have multiple backers to front up the money. The UFC pays out of their own pocket. Believe me, the UFC has pocket change compared to everyone involved in the MLB or NFL.
    Until the UFC can fill stadiums like the NFL does each week, then they won’t be able to pay the millions.
    Bottom line, if you don’t like the pay, pick a different profession. I didn’t like flipping burgers cause it pays bad, so I did something about it.

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