Former UFC and Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold believes fighters who fail drug tests — particularly those who fail multiple drug tests — should face harsher punishments from the UFC and the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
Speaking with MMAjunkie recently, Luke Rockhold discussed former UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones, who has recently been teasing a comeback, and former heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar, who has recently been linked to a fight with heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier. In his eyes, both of these men should be facing lengthy suspensions for their recent failed drug tests.
“This sport is starting to get a little jokey,” Rockhold said. “I’m just sick of watching Brock [Lesnar], watching Jon – when you get down to real business, these guys should be suspended for a long time. People are learning how to cheat the system. USADA is owned by the UFC.
“I like fighting clean,” he continued. “I’ve always fought clean, and I want to fight clean people. I want to fight fair. I want a fair playing field. USADA’s got to step their game up and be what they were in the beginning. In the beginning, it seemed like they were doing their job. Now it seems like they’re owned. It’s sad to see, but hopefully it can correct itself and we can get on the right path. I’m sick of it all, but I love it all at the same time.”
What do you think of these comments from Luke Rockhold? Do fighters who fail drug tests deserve harsher punishments from USADA?
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 8/17/2018.