Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) recently overhauled its drug testing policy and is now poised to bench athletes who use performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) for up to three years for their first offense. As expected, most fighters are in favor of dropping the hammer on drug cheats.
Top heavyweight contender Travis Browne (via MMA Fighting), however, is taking a more sympathetic approach:
"A year is bad enough, if you want to send a message, I would say a financial message is harder. You still allow the guy to fight, but okay, 30-40 percent, I get it, getting fined 30-40 percent of your purse. But, two years out of the game, you're not fighting. Think about it. Most of these guys, if you took me out for two years right now, I would be 34 and trying to make a comeback."
That would be disastrous considering Browne is ranked No. 3 in the world and perhaps one win away from a division title shot, which could come as early as this year if he manages to punch his way past Andrei Arlovski at the UFC 187 pay-per-view (PPV) event this Saturday night (May 23, 2015) in Las Vegas, Nevada.
And hey, winning the title puts him in the highest tier for Reebok payouts, something the roster has been "whining and complaining about" since it was announced late last year.
"Right now, people are whining and complaining about that Reebok thing. We're in that transition phase. This sport is still young. We're not like the NFL, the NBA, MLB. we're growing and we're in transition."
Poor Brendan Schaub can't get any love these days.