UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson has long been one of MMA’s foremost advocates against the use of performance enhancing drugs in the sport. Henderson continued that stance as he shared his support for increased testing with MMAFighting.com, which included his support of blood testing and random testing.
“I’d be for increased testing. It keeps the playing field even. It makes it so guys have to do a better job of either hiding it, or just not taking it. I think a lot of guys would actually just do a better job of hiding. Like guys in the NFL, some get busted, but the guys who get busted are just the, not very intelligent ones, because it’s not the hardest thing just to time it correctly to where you don’t get caught whenever you get tested. That being said, I’d be for more rigorous testing. They want the blood doping testing? We can do that, too. I’m cool with that. Random testing? I’d be for that.”
He concluded his thoughts saying “Random, blood testing; whatever you want to do, let’s do it, because for me, I never even considered it.”
The UFC champ lets users know what he thinks about them, and offers them a stern warning:
“Those guys who need a little extra bump, a little extra edge, they know it’s illegal. They know they shouldn’t be doing it. Those guys are mentally weaker. They don’t have that fortitude to push through and say, ‘Yeah, I didn’t do this, but I’m still going to beat your butt.’ I’m okay with guys taking it, to be honest. If you want to take all the steroids you want, and it cuts off 20 years of your life, but you want that five years of glory — cool. That’s your decision. Go ahead and do whatever you want with your body. But it’s still not going to pan out for you in the long run, because I’m still going to beat you.”