With the UFC’s recent cut of heavyweight fighter, Lavar Johnson, who failed his UFC 157 post-fight drug test with testosterone levels consistent with steroid use, the Performance Enhancing Drug (PED) and Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) debates have opened once again. In a recent interview with MMAFighting.com, UFC heavyweight champion, Cain Velasquez, denounced PED’s and advocated for fighters to remain all-natural.
“There’s rules out there,” Velasquez said. “We all need to follow the same rules. Me, I’m a natural athlete. I think all my competitors should be the same. We should be all equal. Nobody should have an advantage like that on their side. You can [tell] by looking [at me]. Me and Daniel [Cormier] were talking about- I forgot who were saying it, but it was two guys, they were trying to think of the two guys that they think, for sure, are not on steroids or anything. The only ones they could come up with we[re] me and Daniel. Just by looking at us, you can tell that we don’t do anything.”
He went on to express his support of increasing testing, including blood tests and random testing. “For sure,” he explained, “I’m all for that. Being natural, I think, is the best way to be even on the playing field… That’s why we have the testing and everything. It’s a good thing. Hopefully that side of it grows more and more, where people get caught beforehand. People will just stop eventually using because the know that if they are, they’ll get caught.”
Wedged inside the PED and TRT debate is the question of marijuana as a banned substance. A number of fighters, more recently UFC welterweight Nick Diaz and former UFC fighters Matt Riddle and Alex Caceres, have been suspended for testing positive for marijuana or marijuana metabolites in their systems. On this, the UFC heavyweight champ responded that “It’s a thing of where they draw the line. What’s illegal and what’s not as far as a substance” is up to the athletic commissions.
In any case, Velasquez has remained an advocate of fighting without the use of banned supplements. “When we both are natural going in, it’ll be the best guy that wins,” he concluded.
Cain Velasquez won his UFC belt back from Junior Dos Santos at UFC 155. He is set to defend the title in a rematch against Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva at UFC 160 on May 25.Tags: alex caceres, Antonio Silva, bigfoot silva, Cain Velasquez, JDS, Junior Dos Santos, Lavar Johnson, Matt Riddle, mma, MMA NEWS, Nick Diaz, PED, PEDs, Testosterone Replacement Therapy, TRT, ufc, UFC 155, ufc 157, UFC 160, ufc news