I don't think it's outrageous to suggest that if you train hard and maintain a good diet for seven years, your body is going to look completely different than it did on the first day you started.
Just ask Rafael dos Anjos.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion looks better -- and fights better -- than he did back in 2008, when he was KTFO by Jeremy Stephens. Probably because he's been training the entire time and facing some of the best fighters in the division.
Practice makes perfect.
Or, we could just ignore all of that and chalk it up to performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs), which continues to plague the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA). That's the argument from current 155-pound No. 1 contender Donald Cerrone, who told UFC fans his title fight is contingent upon the Brazilian's steroid cycle.
"@AustinTAllen: @Cowboycerrone Any news on when you're beating Dos Anjos?" Whenever he cycles off and can pass the blood test— Cowboy Cerrone (@Cowboycerrone) July 20, 2015
"@EHulseDC: @Cowboycerrone @AustinTAllen pic.twitter.com/znmGGk0NtU" That's funny?— Cowboy Cerrone (@Cowboycerrone) July 20, 2015
As expected, that didn't sit too well with the champion, who told MMA Fighting that Cerrone and his love for alcohol failed in his quest to become World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) champion, and will fail once again when he tries to become UFC champion.
"He posted a picture of me 10 years ago and a recent one from a weigh-ins, when I'm obviously in better shape, especially the way I train now, so of course you're going to see a difference. That's what's left for him to do. He got beat up by me once and will get beat up again. The belt is here with me. What he can do is wait at the bar, keep drinking alcohol, and wait for his next beating."
It should be noted that Dos Anjos has not failed a drug test during his UFC career. Cerrone, however, flunked for diuretics (Hydrochlorothiazide) under the WEC banner back in 2007.
The good news is, they still don't test for Budweiser.
"Cowboy" dropped a unanimous decision to the Brazilian back in 2013, but has since rattled off eight straight wins and is now waiting for his crack at the crown while Dos Anjos recovers from
glass knee surgery. Early estimates have "RDA" returning by the end of the year, or perhaps early 2016.
Two sides to this story fight fans ... whose are you on?