When questioned about PED use during an interview with the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” program, 32-year-old UFC, WEC, and Pride FC veteran and current Xtreme Couture fighter John Alessio jokingly asked if he could plead the fifth.
Then he told the truth.
Alessio fought Pat Miletich for the UFC title in 2000, and has fought professionally 47 times. In addition to Miletich, opponents include Diego Sanchez, Thiago Alves and Carlos Condit. In short, Alessio has seen it all, and should be listened to.
Curiously, the interview was conducted while Alessio was inside a hyperbaric chamber, one piece of using science legally to that Alessio embraces, while rejecting PEDs.
“I’ll be honest with you,” Alessio said. “I’m an honest person. When I was young -- in my 18, 19, 20s, you know, 22 -- I dabbled in a few of them. I tried them out [to see] how it is, so I know what they can do, and I know how they can work against you also.”
“I never did [PEDs] for a UFC fight, or any major organization."
“There are proven facts [that] it can make you faster and stronger, but there are proven facts [that] it can gas you out eventually.”
“I’m not in a weightlifting competition. I’m not in a bodybuilding show. I’m in a mixed martial arts fight.”
“In the dark ages of the sport, I tried [PEDs], but I also became a firm believer in ‘let’s make this sport natural.’ "
“I’m trying to take a stand,"
“Peak athletes are getting better, younger, stronger and faster, and I think science is behind our sport now.”
“In football, hockey and all those sports, they’ve always had those outlets. With science, it has gotten so much better, and athletes are performing better.”
“A lot of people have become dependent upon performance-enhancing drugs and stuff because of the mental factor. They don’t feel as strong; they don’t know if they’ll be as mean out there. And I’m definitely against performance-enhancing drugs. I think it’s kind of silly. I don’t think it is necessary at all. I think you can get everything you need naturally.”
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