In the ever evolving world of MMA it is imperative that fighters stay healthy and up their game every day. Injuries happen and big fights come up for almost every mixed martial arts athlete. When that stuff happens the temptation to get a little extra kick from banned substances, that edge you need to overcome the challenge that presents itself. Let’s take a look at fighters who gave in to the temptation and got busted for using steroids.
Alistair Overeem and Chael Sonnen are two of the most memorable cases of substance abuse, but let’s dig a little deeper.
Bonnar squared off against Forrest Griffin again at UFC 62 in one of the most anticipated rematches during the UFC’s first real resurgence. The result of the fight was another decision loss for Stephan. This time Griffin fought smarter and avoided a brawl. Despite his best efforts Bonnar could not answer what Forrest brought to the table and disappointingly the fight was lackluster at best.
After the fight it was revealed that Bonnar tested positive for steroids and blemished his status as a bonafide MMA star.
Vitor Belfort has long been a fan favorite. He’s the one guy that never seems to truly live up to his potential. He has been criticized by even his most devoted fans for “folding like a tent” when the fight gets tough. Maybe all of that negative chatter and doubt was what motivated him to take steroids.
After Pride 32: The Real Deal, Belfort was dealing with his unanimous decision loss to Dan Henderson. I can only imagine the emotional crash that occurred when he was told he tested positive for 4-hydroxytestosterone. At least he didn’t provide a non-human classified urine sample like Kevin Randleman.
It seems that guys like Shamrock who fought before MMA was regulated must have gotten used to being able to take whatever they wanted without repercussions. Without testing during the UFC’s early years it was easy to cheat with steroids I am sure.
What makes this ridiculous is that Ken used them before his fight with grossly overweight and out of shape fighter Ross Clifton (R.I.P). You would think that if you were “The World’s Most Dangerous Man” you wouldn’t need steroids to beat a fat guy because your blood was so potent it was bannable itself.
Ken denied he ever took a banned substance as did his manager. His brother Frank came out and stated that “Ken did steroids his whole life”. Case closed.
This was one that took me by surprise. Not because I didn’t think a Gracie would ever take steroids. I mean come on, we’re all human and have weaknesses. What got me was that Royce never looks or looked in his fight with Kazushi Sakuraba back in 2007 like he was on the juice.
Gracie won the fight by unanimous decision, but was fined over $2000 for his rule breaking. His name lost a little bit of the prestige it still carried and Sakuraba got to claim the Gracies had to cheat to beat “The Gracie Hunter”.
I was not surprised by this at all. When you’re called “Muscle Shark” it’s because you look like a genetic freak. Most MMA fighters at the time were about as shocked at this as Roy Nelson was that Overeem was a Testosterone junkie.
The revelation came after his decision win against Hermes Franca. No offense to Franca, but Sherk was so good at wrestle-humping victims he didn’t need a banned substance to lay and pray this fight. Sherk was stripped of the UFC Lightweight Championship and never seemed to rise to the level he was at before getting busted.
The fight was ultimately fair because Hermes Franca also tested positive for banned substances following the fight.
This was yet another ‘what the hell’ moment. Chris Leben was a product of the first Ultimate Fighter season. He was one of the guys who was making it happen. After losing to Michael Bisping it was announced that Leben tested positive for Stanozolol.
Furthermore, after getting busted Chris stated that he wanted to speak to kids about the dangers of using performance enhancing drugs. To me that’s like born again inmates speaking to kids about all of the crimes they committed. They get to feel good about themselves, but they still broke the law.
Leben has since been tagged for using controlled substances and promises to make another comeback soon.
These are just some of the well known fighters in MMA who have been busted for using steroids. Unfortunately there will surely be more to come.Tags: featured, MMA NEWS, Strikeforce, strikeforce news, ufc news