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UFC rookies should aspire to be more like Chris Weidman and less like Anderson Silva

"The thing that bothers me the most about this Anderson Silva thing and different guys getting caught, is that it's more about the younger guys coming up. Now they're going to think they have to start taking steroids. Now they're going to speculate that Anderson Silva took it his whole career. His legacy is in question at this point. There's no going back on that. They're going to imagine that he was doing it, so [Silva] made, who knows, let's say $50 million. 'If he did that and he was able to take care of himself for the rest of his life, he and his family, maybe it's worth doing it.' My message to them is that I'm champion and I've never taken any PED. I would never do that. I'll retire early if my body can't hold up. It's just tough. You're fighting through injuries. You just can't do it. I just don't want these younger fighters to think that that's the way to become champion and make a legacy for yourself. I still firmly believe that taking PEDs is because you're weak minded and you have insecurities about yourself. You're trying to fill the void with PEDs. Winners, true winners, don't have that."

Are you one of the many mixed martial arts (MMA) fans down in the dumps over Anderson Silva's failed drug test? Chin up, little trooper, as the combat sports community still has Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight kingpin Chris Weidman (via MMA Fighting), who is standing tall for the sake of Octagon rookies the world over. In fact, the unblemished "Al American," who defends his 185-pound crown against Vitor Belfort at UFC 187 on May 23 in Las Vegas, is a shining example of what a true champion can be, complete with recurring injuries and canceled fights. But hey, at least he can pass a drug test, AMIRITE?!?

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