Burkman: I don’t see a way of fixing PED problem

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

“The reason why I wasn’t on the first season (of TUF) was that I didn’t pass my (steroid) test,” Burkman said Monday during an appearance on the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show. “I learned my lesson early on and I’m glad for that. Guys are training so hard that they are (using PEDs). They’re taking things for injuries and they’re just trying to stay healthy and stay strong. It’s a rough sport, and guys are going to do what they have to do. There’s more money on the line now. There’s more riches. It’s a deep-rooted problem in athletics and it has been for 100 years, and I don’t see it going anywhere and I don’t see a way of fixing it either.”

“My thing was that I was out of shape. Before I went on ‘The Ultimate Fighter,’ I wanted to get my weight down and my buddy said, ‘Hey, you should try Winstrol.’ I didn’t think that they were going to test us and so I took it. I started taking it three weeks out, and they called me up four days before ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ and wanted me to take a test and I thought, ‘Aw, s—. I don’t think I’m going to pass this.'”

“I was out of shape because I was in Scottsdale and I was drinking and I was partying and I wanted to take the steroids so I could get in shape faster. I cut out the drinking and the partying, and I started to develop a more healthy lifestyle and stayed in shape so that I didn’t need to cheat to get ahead. As the competition gets more fierce, people are going to look for an edge and that’s what I was trying to do. I was trying to get that edge.”

“I was coaching high school football and told my kids, ‘Hey, I’m not going to be around this season. I’m going on ‘The Ultimate Fighter,’ and two weeks later, I showed back up and the kids asked what happened. I had to sit the kids down and tell them what happened. It was embarrassing, but it helped me teach them a good lesson in life and it taught me a good lesson in life. I’ve become a better person, a stronger person and a better influence. Sometimes the worst things that can happen to you, you learn from them. They make you better and stronger, and I’m just lucky that happened for me.”

“I think a lot of guys in professional sports take performance-enhancing drugs, whether they’re doing it legally or doing it illegally. I would’ve had no clue that (Sonnen) was taking what he was taking. Some people take them, some people don’t. That’s the way it is in all sports. I’ve known Chael for a long time … and when I trained with Chael, he wasn’t doing anything. Guys get bigger opportunities, and maybe they feel like they need more things. One thing you can’t take away from Chael Sonnen is that he’s in the gym all the time busting his ass working hard trying to get better. It’s too bad that athletes are getting put under this microscope now because whether it’s steroids or whatever it is, athletes have been trying to get an edge one way or another for years and years and years. You can’t take away how hard these athletes work and how hard they train, no matter what they’re doing.”

“I’ve talked to Dana White and I’ve talked to Joe Silva, and they knew where I was when I left the UFC. They knew about my back and me being injured. Joe told me to just go get a couple of wins. Joe told me, ‘We’ve always been happy with the way you fight. You’ve always put on a good show, and we’d be glad to have you back.’ After this fight, I might take one more outside of the UFC. As long as things go well, I’ll be back in the UFC. There’s no doubt about that.”

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