Couture: PEDs not rampant in MMA, I’d grapple Fedor at Metamoris

Monday, August 18, 2014

Canadian lightweight Mark Bocek recently retired, citing the ubiquity of PED use as one of his prime reasons to exit the sport. UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture recently appeared on Submission Radio, and said he did not think PEDs were rampant in MMA.

“I didn't really agree with Mark's statement that it was rampant in Mixed Martial Arts,” said Couture as transcribed by Karim Zidan for BE. “I don't think it's rampant. I think if it was rampant there'd be a lot more guys coming up positive on tests, and there's certainly been a few guys, but if it was rampant then it would be a whole lot more. So I don't know that I agree with that statement, but you know it's human nature.”

“I think there's always going to be some guys that try to cut corners, who are looking for that short cut or that loop hole, and are willing to kinda take that risk. I mean the penalty is pretty significant. If you get caught, you're gonna lose the opportunity for at least a year to make a living in your sport. And I mean not to mention the damage to your reputation. So I think there are guys, always gonna be a handful of guys that are willing to kinda take those risks. And I think there was a loop hole that maybe some of the guys where using a little bit with the TRT programs which obviously has been closed recently and made a lot of headlines”

Couture also said he was game to grapple Fedor at Metamoris.

“That would be interesting and certainly given the time to prepare and get back up into good, solid grappling and wrestling shape, that would be a lot of fun and I think, you know,” said Couture as transcribed by Jesse Holland for MMAMania. “I'm not sure how active Fedor is at this stage, you know him being retired as well, but I'm certainly no opposed to an idea like that.”