Food For Thought | Why Don't Bellator Fighters Fail Drug Tests?
By Giovanni Burns:
On the brink of trying to scramble for a possible replacement for UFC Heavyweight contender Alistair Overeem after a failed drug test, questions remain about the fact that UFC fighters are failing drug tests at alarming rates, as opposed to the second largest MMA promotion Bellator and other “B level” mixed martial arts promotions. So why don’t Bellator fighters fail drug tests? In order to answer this question, one must first understand that all professional sports have incidents of athletes who failed drug tests. Who can forget Marion Jones having to relinquish her 5 Olympic Gold medals after failed drug testing? But still, why is there such as difference between the UFC and Bellator?
First, let me tell you something that you already know. MMA is a fight and win consistently or find another day job career. In the UFC, three loses in a row are almost sure to get you laid off by Dana White faster than Donald Trump can point his billion dollar finger in your face and utter that famous saying “Your fired!”. Most UFC fighters find themselves in lower level MMA promotions like Bellator and/or stocking shelves at the local supermarket for minimum wage after given the ax. There’s nothing wrong with honest work, but as a MMA fighter it’s a humiliating demotion and slap back to reality that they don’t have what it takes to be a UFC fighter. Most professional sports have minor leagues and in order to propel yourself to the big show in the MMA arena (UFC), fighters must impress Mr. White and his comrades not only in the octagon, but also outside the octagon by demonstrating fair play. Any UFC fan can tell you that failed drug tests not only pisses Dana White off, but the fans also feel cheated after being hyped up for a fight card, and then having to settle for the replacements because of one fighters horrific decision making skills.
Pressure is always present in the UFC for fighters to perform at a high level due to the UFC’s well-deserved high status with MMA connoisseurs and ZUFFAS enormous expectations to put on gladiator like performances. But aren’t we all taught as young chaps to resist peer pressure and do what’s right? Bottom line is that Bellator fighters have dreams to advance to the UFC to compete with the best MMA fighters in the world and for the most part, don’t place themselves at risk of missing that big paycheck and opportunity to perform in front of huge audiences that only the UFC draws by using performance enhancing drugs (PED). UFC fighters on the other hand, have nightmares of getting demoted to the “B level” promotions, as it is a clear sign that they couldn’t hang with the best of the best and some delusional UFC fighters with low self-esteem feel that it is better to cheat by ingesting PED’s than to put confidence in their God given talent. Shame on you!