Earlier this year, UFC President Dana White took a vow to clean up the sport of mixed martial arts by increasing drug testing for the fighters of the octagon. Since then, several fighters have been busted for banned substances but there are still some occurrences that leave fans scratching their heads.
UFC fighter Max Holloway is set to main-event his first card in Canada on Sunday night against Charles Oliveira in a fight for featherweight supremacy. Holloway admitted to MMA Junkie that he has not tested a single time in the weeks leading up to his fight with Oliveira on Fox Sports 1.
“I did not get tested out of competition or nothing, so I don’t know what’s up with that,” Holloway confessed. “I would love to get tested. I think it’s great for the sport. It’s awesome and it’s crazy to see the sport finally getting cleaned up… I think it’s good. I have nothing to hide.”
“PEDs, at the end of the day, it’s wrong; especially in combat sports. If me and you are fighting, I can kill you. When one guy is taking PEDs and one guy is not, that’s an advantage,” Holloway explained. “We’re not riding bicycles. This is a contact sport. We’re not playing volleyball. Go do something less contact if that stuff happens… This is where someone can actually die. You’re playing with someone’s life and that’s not cool at all. That’s super disrespectful and that’s why I get super hurt when I find out people were on drugs or steroids. That’s just cheating and I look at guys like, ‘How can you sleep at night with yourself?’ I want to get tested. They’re picking them off one by one and it’s great for the sport.”
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