"We crossed that line many decades ago with the discovery of penicillin or anesthesia, then with the boon in cosmetic and functional surgeries. Sports will follow, and fighting will lead the way ... It may mean that the athlete who hasn’t gone through the intervention will no longer be competitive and even be forced into retirement or compelled to enhance. Should we care about that? I don’t think so. It’s a tough world. If you want to be an elite athlete today, you have to make sacrifices. The era of the natural human is slowly coming to an end, both biologically and ideologically."
Steroids? Soooo 2010. Today's uber-athlete undergoes elective surgery according to bioethicist Andy Miah for WIRED Magazine. Strikeforce Welterweight Champion Nick Diaz went under the knife back in 2008 to remove scar tissue and shave a portion of his skull down to prevent fight-ending cuts like the one that cost him a 2007 fight against KJ Noons under the Elite XC banner. Do these types of cosmetic procedures constitute "performance enhancement?" Can a fighter enhance themselves surgically to create a better fighter? Let's hear your opinions Maniacs. And just for the record, Diaz is undefeated since his operation, going 9-0 including a five-round decision win in his rematch with Noons.
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