Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was hit hard with multiple failed drug tests to kick off 2015, as high-profile fighters such as Anderson Silva, Jon Jones, Hector Lombard, and Nick Diaz were popped for banned substances before and after their fights.
And while some fans (and pundits) see the positive drug test results as a black eye for the sport, others, such as Daniel Cormier, view it as a good thing, because it shows that enhanced testing is proving to be effective to weed out the cheaters (pun intended).
While that may be true, longtime heavyweight slugger and TRT hater Roy Nelson says the results are indeed showing progress; however, it really doesn't matter because the offenders are still allowed to fight, as was the case with Jon Jones.
And "Big Country" told FOX Sports the technicalities of in- and out-of-competition testing is kind of voiding the whole purpose of trying to catch someone dirty.
"It's just one of those things that, I'm happy [about drug testing], but is it really going to make a difference? Because with some of the policies, it's not really set in stone. Like, you can do cocaine one day and that's cool because it's not in-competition... but you're getting ready for a fight, so it is [in-competition]? It's just one of those things. You get popped for a steroid beforehand, before the fight actually starts, but we're still going to let the fight go on? So it really doesn't really matter - if you catch me, we're still going to have a fight? So what's even the sense of having a policy?"
Nelson believes the punishment system -- as well as the testing regulations -- have major flaws. That's because a one-year suspension doesn't mean much to a fighter. But if longer suspensions were to be handed out, then perhaps things would change.
"A policy is just like, 'Hey, I can still fight and just be suspended for a year? If I only fight once a year anyways, who cares?' If it'd be like, first offense, you're banned for life, or you're banned for five years, [then] you're taking somebody's money a lot. A year is like, 'Oh, I fight once a year anyways.' But if you're fighting once every five years, then you might think about it. It's one of those things that it's definitely, you could put some sting onto it."
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Perhaps when UFC kickstarts its new testing policy in a few months -- which will see all fighters on every card get tested rigorously -- Nelson will change his tune. Of course, the results will have to speak for themselves, and White and Co. can't be making exceptions for certain offenders.