Is the UFC's tolerance of disgraced fighters holding it back?

by Kevin Iole | source:

UFC president Dana White did not respond to requests for comment about Bonnar's positive test, though he did call it "crazy" in a one-word text message.

Ratner, the highly regarded former executive director of the Nevada commission, expressed concern at Bonnar's positive result but ultimately doesn't have the power or the authority to affect change. In the UFC, only White and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta have the ability to attempt to rid performance-enhancing drugs from their sport.

"I'm concerned when people test positive," Ratner said Friday. "It's bad, no question about it. We want to get this under control and make this sport drug-free."

The real issue here is one that no one wants to talk about it, or that the faux tough guys like to mock when it's brought up. And that is, what happens when a steroid-enhanced fighter seriously injures or, worse, kills an opponent?

There hasn't been a long-term, traumatic injury or death in the UFC in its nearly 20-year history. Under current management, fighter care has increased substantially and safety measures have been taken to make the competition as safe as possible for the athletes.

That's how it should be.

The sad truth is this, however: In a combat sport, all it takes is one blow at the wrong time in the wrong place and disaster could occur.

To be sure, there is a certain segment, perhaps even a large segment, of the UFC audience that prefers to see the fighters enhanced. To those people, chemically aided fighters put on a better show.

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thefightingsheep site profile image  

11/5/12 10:35 AM by thefightingsheep

If you believe the premise that a guy on gear is going to be a dangerous super-fighter and you combine that with the realistic premise that few guys are going to get caught juicing, what is the logical conclusion? I think you are basically arguing that every clean fighter has to find a way to juice and pass the tests in order to protect himself.

Orcus Knows MMA Better Than Goku site profile image  

11/5/12 10:31 AM by Orcus Knows MMA Better Than Goku

basica estimate from whom?   your ass is not a credible source fren

Y2JB site profile image  

11/5/12 7:52 AM by Y2JB

If someone were to get killed or seriously injured inside the octogon and their opponent then pops for steroids, it would literally kill the UFC, they would go out of business. That alone is a reason to clean up the sport.

UGCTT_Winnson site profile image  

11/3/12 6:22 PM by UGCTT_Winnson

I haven't said this since I was like 27, but it seems appropriate here.   Lole is gay That's OK No one likes him anyway   Thank you

dus 10 site profile image  

11/3/12 6:08 PM by dus 10

Roided out bodybuilders arent athletes. Theyre not all that strong, either. They traded their athleticism for fairly useless muscle. Hence why they arent mma fighters. Roided Heavy lifters r bad at other sports. If anything, too much roiding will get the user hurt in the cage, not the guy he fights.

dus 10 site profile image  

11/3/12 6:00 PM by dus 10

That's the basic estimate for an steroid user without losing athleticism. 2% gain is the most the average male can hope for. Females are different. As for lance armstrong, the reality is he was rarely more than a few feet/yards from the non-roider behind him..Sorry to burst your bubble homie. :)

Orcus Knows MMA Better Than Goku site profile image  

11/3/12 5:20 PM by Orcus Knows MMA Better Than Goku

2%? Where did u get that from? Did bonds homers increase by 2%? Did lance Armstrong shave 2% off his time? Are roided body builders 2% bigger than natural?The reality is if it was only a 2% boost noone would do it considering consequences if u get caught.

dus 10 site profile image  

11/3/12 4:36 PM by dus 10

Jeez...sorry for the 4x post.

dus 10 site profile image  

11/3/12 4:25 PM by dus 10

And fuck that queer for saying weight cutting drugs are as bad as biting someone's ear off. Whats this guy's angle?

dus 10 site profile image  

11/3/12 4:25 PM by dus 10

And fuck that queer for saying weight cutting drugs are as bad as biting someone's ear off. Whats this guy's angle?


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