Benson Henderson: If you take PEDS, you are weak and I will destroy you


Author Sam Sheridan probed Dan Gable's mind for his tremendous 'A Fighters Mind.' Among the topics covered was use of Performance Enhancing Drugs in sports.

"If I knew I was going to wrestle in the finals of the Olympics against a Russian and I knew he had been training specifically to beat me, but then I knew the guy was on steroids, that would HELP me," said Gable. "Whereas some might think 'oh he's cheating,' for me you didn't pay the price. You're not as committed as I am. It'll tear him apart. He may be strong, but all I have to do during that nine minutes of wrestling is loosen one single wire in his brain, make him do something that isn't perfect, and he'll fall apart."

Dan Gable won a gold medal at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany without having a single point scored against him. He maintained that attitude as head coach at the University of Iowa. The team won DIV I nationals an unprecedented 16 times from 1976–1997, including nine in a row, a feat unprecedented in college sports.

Gable's attitude around PEDs is embodied in UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson, who addressed the subject during a UFC Fight Club Q&A prior to the UFC 156 weigh ins.

"My thing with the whole steroid thing and whatnot - I understand part of a competitor's nature is to take whatever edge, whatever advantage you can get to be the best," said Henderson. "To that I just say if I'm facing a person - it happened in college wrestling, sadly it shouldn't, but it happened in college wrestling, people on steroids and whatnot - if I know someone is mentally weak enough to take steroids, ‘Oh, I need the extra edge, I need to do this', and they know it's illegal, they know it's wrong and they do it, if you're so mentally weak that you have to take steroids, me, five rounds in the cage with you? I will destroy you. Cause you are mentally weak.

"So I'm all for it, if you want to take drugs go ahead and take drugs. I don't really care, but I'm going to whoop your butt because you are mentally weak and that's where you win fights is in the mental stage. If you're weak enough to break down, I'm going to kill you."

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32Hunter site profile image  

2/13/13 2:28 PM by 32Hunter

on the money, yet again.

bhealthy site profile image  

2/13/13 2:25 PM by bhealthy

funny how people who cant imagine what it would be like to win something clean want to assert as a fact that 90-99% of athlestes need to cheat. i wonder if these claims make them feel better

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2/13/13 8:07 AM by flipmode


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2/11/13 11:11 PM by Authority Figure

Terrible assumption.

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2/11/13 9:00 PM by slamming

Very well thought out point you have there.

Smellde Gluve site profile image  

2/11/13 8:33 PM by Smellde Gluve

I have no clue about these things but what would be your honest estimation in the UFC?

Mark Bocek site profile image  

2/11/13 8:10 PM by Mark Bocek

9 out of 10 fighters on PED's? Where are you guys getting this intel?

Smellde Gluve site profile image  

2/11/13 6:10 PM by Smellde Gluve

Glad you liked it dude!

circa305 site profile image  

2/11/13 5:48 PM by circa305

LMAO at that. Only the main event fighters are randomly tested or there would be a lot more suspensions going out.

Willy the Coyote site profile image  

2/11/13 4:19 PM by Willy the Coyote

Yes, that's my opinion on the matter. You weren't at the peak of either sport. The higher you go, the dirtier the sport gets. Look at cycling. They're the only sport with a somewhat serious testing policy, and they have a hard time awarding a winner because all but one guy in a race were proven dopers. It's ridiculous to think that other sports are any different.