PEDs are one of the hot button issues in MMA, with the greatest focus at present being the legal use of Testosterone Replacement Therapy. Rampage Jackson, Dan Henderson, Chael Sonnen, Nate Marquardt and a number of other fighters receiving exemptions in the past.
Ken Shamrock appeared on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour, and admitted his own past use of TRT, adding that in his experience, the treatment has little to do with generating great success.
"The one thing I realized over the years is that that doesn't make you an athlete," Shamrock said. "The fact is, I think that's what some people have been trying to explain to people for so long. It doesn't make you hit a baseball. You have to have the reaction time, you have to have hand-eye coordination, you have to have the fundamentals, you have to be a great athlete to do that, to be able to hit a 100 miles per hour fastball out of the park. Enhancements don't do that for you. Same with football or anything like that. You have to already be an athlete. You have to have that already."
"It's not fair for a guy to have to compete for his job against a guy who is using it. But how are you going to ban it? That's the question. They’re not legitimately trying to test to keep it out of sports. My opinion is, if they were going to do this all the way across the board, our sports would be better, our athletes would be healthier. They wouldn't go through so much trauma on their bodies. The bottom line is, it’s been going on for too long, and they haven't legitimately tried to keep it out."
"Believe me, I’m not pro or con. What I'm saying is, if we're going to do this, then it needs to be done all the way across the board, otherwise people's dreams will be shattered because someone else is able to do it."
"If you're being truthful and you're coming out and absolutely speaking the truth, the bottom line is that’s what we’re faced with and it isn’t going to change anytime soon. You know why? They don't want it. They want the home runs, They want the hard hits. Listen man, if you could take the sports and make them even all the way across the board, I think every single athlete in world would love that. Would love it. Because they'd know going in they don't have to do anything to follow their dreams. They don't have to do any of that stuff. Because they'd know across the board they don't have to worry about that. The bottom line is, that's just not the way it is."
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