Kennedy: I really believe around 60-70% of UFC fighters are on PEDs


Tim Kennedy, 34, is taking a stand against PEDs in mixed martial arts, and it could cost him. He made the announcement via social networks.

Tim Kennedy @TimKennedyMMA
•I'm fighting Sept. 27th in Las Vegas against Yoel Romero. ;-)
•I am not going to fight again unless my opponent and myself are being drug tested (random). #UFC #PED #TRT #EPO #HGH*
•Asking for random drug tests has nothing to do with Romero. It has to do with the current state of MMA. #PED #TRT #EPO #HGH #UFC
These "random" drug tests truly aren't random. You are in a fight camp, you know you are going to be tested, and you agreed to the test.
•Imagine that. Another random drug test, another failed drug test.

Ben Fowlkes ‏@benfowlkesMMA
Okay, but *now* they've all been caught, right?

Tim Kennedy ‏@TimKennedyMMA
I can give you a list of about 50 guys I know are dirty.... Sooooo.... Hell NO!!!

Ben Fowlkes @benfowlkesMMA
Hold on, let me get a pen.

The UFC middleweight, who fights Yoel Romero at UFC 178 on Sept. 27 in Las Vegas, wants out of competition testing for himself and for his opponent, and doesn't want to fight without it. Kennedy requested that the fight be in Nevada, as the Nevada Athletic Commission has several times done surprise out of competition tests, with results that are altering the face of the game.

Cost of a thorough test regimen throughout a camp are $10,000 to $35,000 per fight, and Kennedy is willing to pay half the costs.

Kennedy is taking the step after a series fighter failed surprise tests administered by the NSAC. Chael Sonnen failed twice, and retired; he was also dropped by FOX and the UFC as a color commentator. Wanderlei Silva physically ran from a test, and will in all likelihood be suspended for a year. And Vitor Belfort was on admittedly on TRT before having applied for a license with the NSAC to do so; his case remains to be settled.

“Whatever it takes to ensure we are moving toward having a clean sport, which we are nowhere near right now,” Kennedy told Brett Okamato for “Something has to change.”

“They randomly test three dudes and all three fail. All in my weight class. All dudes I could potentially be fighting. I went from just being vocal about drug use, to saying to myself, ‘I have to make a stand about this.’”

“I’m really impressed in the change in both the climate and the UFC’s perception of it. The UFC is forking over money for testing, so it’s been top-driven, which makes me proud to be in the UFC. They are really the only organization that is doing it and it’s definitely a step in the right direction.

“But the first time [the NSAC] randomly tested people, everybody failed. Imagine what that looks like across 450 athletes. Are we talking 60 or 70 percent? I really believe it’s somewhere in that range of fighters that are using.”

According to Kennedy’s manager, Leo Khorolinsky, UFC heavyweight Andrei Arlovski, also a client of Khorolinsky's, will be requesting the same out of competition testing for his fight with Antonio Silva on Sept 13 in Brazil. The regulating body in Brazil, Comissão Atlética Brasileira de MMA, is not likely to have the resources for out of competition testing on another continent. Thus the solution may have to come from the UFC. They are expected to make an announcement in this regard at the Association of Boxing Commissions convention in two weeks.


*Kennedy is contractually obligated to fight Romero. Speaking immediately, the line was more rhetorical that factual, to illustrate how serious Kennedy is about the issue.

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whoabro site profile image  

7/12/14 1:41 AM by whoabro

Passing the tests doesnt mean that he is clean. Just means he passed the tests.

stlnl2 site profile image  

7/11/14 11:55 PM by stlnl2

Not.Sure.If. Serious.

Morpheus1976 site profile image  

7/11/14 6:55 PM by Morpheus1976

Aldo accuses Mendes of using PEDS, so thats one name, i guess

Colboyo site profile image  

7/11/14 6:51 PM by Colboyo

I have a theory. Fighters will cycle when they are injured than when they sign the contract to fight an opponent be clean.

Outlaw'd by Lytle site profile image  

7/11/14 3:55 PM by Outlaw'd by Lytle

I've dominated this thread.

Fed site profile image  

7/11/14 12:32 PM by Fed

Happened in boxing with Lamont Peterson FYI

ChaosOverkill site profile image  

7/11/14 1:36 AM by ChaosOverkill

I wonder if one of the people he referred to being able to reveal was his team mate at Jacksons's who got reported today and who knows what going on down there.

CaptChaos site profile image  

7/11/14 1:29 AM by CaptChaos

PED's has always been a problem but now it's a huge problem cause now it's out in the open. At some point the UFC has to hand down strict punishments for getting popped. I also think some guys use just because they feel like they have to keep up and even the playing field. I would love to know what that stat actually is but we will never know. Maybe 50% use no matter what and another 20% use cause they feel like they have to even out the playing field.

jpm995 site profile image  

7/10/14 8:55 PM by jpm995

What scares me if they random test everybody they may not have enough fighters to put on a show.

bull7188 site profile image  

7/10/14 7:25 PM by bull7188

This is going to be an interesting time in the development of this sport. A shitton of the most amazing moments in MMA history that people will tell there grandkids were from guys juiced to the gills. The new echelon of clean fighters will be an honest test of who is truly the baddest motherfucker on the block but will it be able continue to provide the same intensity and power as before. Will these clean fighters be able to push there bodies in the same way as there enhanced counter parts? Will the longevity of there careers match up to those who were chemically altered? going to be interesting to sit back and find these answers