Performance enhancing drugs (PED) and the fighters who use them have been hot topics in the mixed martial arts (MMA) world, of late. Alistair Overeem's latest positive test and the drama that has ensued was the topic of discussion on FUEL TV's "UFC Tonight."
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)
welterweight lightweight featherweight lightweight fighter (and now the co-host of "UFC Tonight") Kenny Florian wants everyone to know that he was a clean fighter who did things the right way. He also wants everyone to know how passionately he disapproves of those who have traveled the more unsavory road of using performance enhancing drugs.
"As a clean fighter, the whole issue of performance enhancing drugs (PED) in MMA really pisses me off. This sport is about honor, technique and discipline. When did it become about who uses the better PED's and who can pass the test better than the other guy? PED's allow you to train harder, longer and recover faster. It absolutely gives a user a competitive advantage. This isn't baseball, where you're just hitting a ball. This is fighting. You're hitting other people in the face. As a fighter, if you use PED's, how does it feel good knowing that you won using them? The fans should be upset too. How many fights are the fans gonna miss out on due to pre and post-fight testing? Don't do it, dummies. Random testing needs to be the remedy. This is gonna be the only way to crack down on cheaters in the longterm."
He's all for random drug testing, but his fellow fighters may not be so quick to join in that particular chorus.
Check out the video of Florian's rant after the jump:
Who's taking Florian's side in this debate?