Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) recently issued a landmark ruling to ban testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) in the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA), one that has been met with mostly positive reviews.
The move forced Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) officials to remove No. 1 middleweight contender Vitor Belfort from his title fight against Chris Weidman at UFC 173 and even prompted Chael Sonnen to say he would contemplate retirement if unable to get his testosterone levels in check.
According to Hector Lombard -- who spoke to the media during Wednesday's (March 12, 2014) UFC 171 open workouts in Dallas, Texas -- the fact that select fighters are considering not fighting anymore is proof that they can't perform without cheating.
His words (via MMA Fighting):
"Well there you go. If those guys don't want to fight anymore, it's for a reason, right? It boosts you up, it makes you stronger, it makes you faster. Your immune system goes through the roof. You can train four times a day. You don't get tired. If you're 40, you feel like 20. That's the way it goes. It's kind of like if you buy a Ford from the dealership. They don't come all boosted up. Then you put extra horsepower and stuff like that, and you go like 120 miles an hour quicker. So it is what it is. Cheating is cheating."
As one of the most muscular fighters in all of MMA (in any weight class), Lombard has often been labeled as a performance-enhancing drug (PED) user.
But according to the former Bellator middleweight champion, that is simply not the case, as he has always been built like a tank, even when he was competing in the Olympics, where drug testing is at its best.
"It really bothers me because the way I look, you can check my career, I've always been 185 and I've always been this way (muscular). It's never been like you can see me puff up and go up in weight and go down. I've always been that way, and then after one day, everyone criticize. They say that I'm taking stuff. I was in the Olympics, and they used to do random testing. Like, every other week they would come and check you out. When you're feeling strong and you've got extra horsepower, you performing stronger."
It's that stocky frame and unmatched power that makes his opponent -- like his upcoming foe Jake Shields -- think twice about trading punches with him.
In conclusion, Lombard says athletic commissions need to take testing a step further and actually watch the fighter pee in the cup to prevent any cheating.
Drink Food for thought.