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Bellator President Scott Coker does not believe MMA has a PED epidemic, but the issue is 'concerning'

Esther Lin

"There's hundreds of athletes that have been licensed and sanctioned in this state. So you can't just put them all together and say this is an issue. I think it should be monitored. When an athlete does pop, it's a lose, lose, lose for everybody. Nobody wins. The athlete doesn't win, for sure. He can't make a living, he can't make any money, he can't provide for his family. The network loses, the promoter, the fans. Everybody. It's not a win and really it needs to be stopped."

"I think if you look at the amount of people that are clean compared to on performance-enhancing drugs, I think it's really a much cleaner sport than it is a dirty sport. But I will say this: There have been some pretty high-profile guys that have popped and that's concerning. It's something that needs to be dealt with."

Bellator MMA President Scott Coker told MMAFighting that he does not believe the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) has a performance enhancing drugs (PED) epidemic per se, but he certainly agrees that there is an issue at hand that must be dealt with.

The MMA community has been recently rocked by multiple drug test failures -- whether performance enhancing or recreational -- over the last month and a half as UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones failed for cocaine metabolitesAnderson Silva was popped for steroids, Nick Diaz for marijuana, and both Hector Lombard and Jon Fitch were popped for steroids as well.

UFC color analyst Joe Rogan said earlier this week he believes 50-60 percent of fighters are potentially taking PED's. That sure sounds like an epidemic to me.

UFC brass has apparently got the message loud and clear as UFC President Dana White and UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta will hold a special press conference on Feb. 18, 2015, to address the alarming issue at hand.

Who knows, maybe harsher punishment is on the way?

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