By Mark Carrillo:
UFC heavyweight Fabricio Werdum, recently shared his thoughts on fellow heavyweight Alistair Overeem’s elevated testosterone levels which were found after a random drug test conducted by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Overeem’s testosterone levels were at an astonishing 14:1 at the time of the drug test, which is 14 times higher than normal.
Now, Overeem’s title shot with champion Junior Dos Santos is in jeopardy, and he must meet with the NSAC April 24 to see if he will be licensed to fight Dos Santos or not.
When asked his thoughts on Overeem, Werdum told tatame.com in an interview, “no one in MMA was surprised”.
The two men have squared off against each other on two separate occasions in the past; once back in 2006 for Pride where Werdum won by kimura, and a second time in Strikeforce where Overeem won a much criticized fight by unanimous decision in 2011. In fact Werdum seemed more surprised that Overeem had made it this long without getting caught, he feels its “impossible to get that big naturally”, and the high levels of testosterone definitely gives an advantage to fighters.
Werdum feels the UFC should start conducting their own random drug tests on all their fighters, saying, “The extra fuel makes a difference when the race comes”.
Unfortunately the idea has already been shot down by Dana White claiming it would be impossible to conduct random drug tests with the amount of fighters the UFC has all over the world.
The UFC does test all its fighters before they sign their contracts, just not randomly throughout their careers. Werdum isn’t alone though, recently a few UFC fighters have come forward and said more testing should be done.
Fighters like Brian Stann, Kenny Florian, and Tito Ortiz who compete naturally, have come out and said PEDs and high testosterone are giving some fighters an unfair advantage in the octagon. For now we will just have to put our trust in the current system, where most drug tests are conducted by the athletic commissions.Tags: featured, MMA NEWS, Strikeforce, strikeforce news, ufc news, UFC on FOX, UFC on FOX 2, ufc on fox 3, UFC on Fuel, UFC on FX