Velasquez in favor of increased drug testing

Monday, March 25, 2013

Use of performancing enhancing drugs and athletic commission approved use of testosterone replacement therapy has become a hot button issue in MMA. Several high profile athletes have tested positive for drugs of abuse as well as PEDs and other high profile athletes have come out publicly with their use of TRT and support of it.

Heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez to Shaun Al-Shatti of MMAFighting.com, voicing his opinion in favor of increased regulation and testing for PEDs and monitoring of athletes:

Velasquez isn’t the first UFC titleholder to voice the same sentiment. Lightweight champion Benson Henderson and welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre both recently advocated for more stringent drug testing in the form of blood testing and random testing — two measures which Velasquez would absolutely support.

“Yes, I would,” he said. “You can by looking [at me]. Me and Daniel (Cormier) were talking about — I forgot who were saying it, but it was two guys, they were trying to think of the two guys that they think, for sure, are not on steroids or anything. The only ones they could come up with are me and Daniel. Just by looking at us, you can tell that we don’t do anything. Or if we do, it’s not very good stuff.

“So I think we’re both on the side of [increased] testing. For sure, I’m all for that. Being natural, I think, is the best way to be even on the playing field.”

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