"I want to see the best fighters, I want to see who is the strongest the best! Guys should be able to do whatever it takes to be the strongest. Getting choked and kicked in the head is really bad for you, worse than pot , TRT, or steroids. I don't care who's the cleanest, I wanna' see the strongest, the fastest and the most gnarly fighters. I don't want to see who is the best at passing drug test. Overeem isn't the only guy taking shit, he just got caught. I wanna' see the baddest mother fuckers going at it. That's why PRIDE was the best -- I wanna see a 205 (ripped) Wanderlei Silva kill dudes!"
-- Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) contender Phil Baroni gives his thoughts on the always hot topic that is steroids and performance enhancing drugs (PED's) in mixed martial arts (MMA). After Alistair Overeem was suspended for nine months and denied a license to fight in the state of Nevada because of elevated testosterone levels, "The New York Badass" -- who has gone 1-4 in his last five bouts -- tells Fight Sport Asia that a professional fighter should be allowed to do whatever it takes to be his strongest. In 2007, after his loss to Frank Shamrock at Strikeforce: "Shamrock vs. Baroni," Phil tested positive for Boldenone and Stanozolol Metabolites and was suspended by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) for one year (it was ultimately reduced to six months). Baroni, who denied any wrongdoing at the time, goes on to say that his former employer, PRIDE FC, was the best fight organizations because "ripped" guys like Wanderlei Silva would "kill dudes." Is that what you want to see ... an unleveled playing field that puts "natural" fighters at health risks?