Thursday, May 17, 2018

The UFC is wholly on top of the PED issue, but that was not always the case. The poster child for the price of doping in MMA is former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping.

‘The Count’ has been knocked out only three times in his record-setting career, by Dan Henderson, Vitor Belfort, and Kelvin Gastelum. Both Hendo and Vitor were on the now discredited Testosterone Replacement Therapy at the time. Bisping lost nine times in his career, but four of them, Henderson, Belfort, Wanderlei Silva, and Chael Sonnen, were to users of performance-enhancing drugs. Worse, the head kick that Belfort landed detached Bisping’s retina, and he has suffered eye issues since.

When Belfort’s career ended on Saturday night by being kicked in the face by Lyoto Machida, Bisping was delighted, as he made clear on his latest Believe You Me podcast.

“It’s very satisfying to see him lose if I’m honest,” said Bisping, as transcribed by Jed Meshew for MMA Fighting. “I don’t care for the guy. I think he’s built a career off being a cheat. The amount of insane steroids that he’s done over his life, over his career, is evident to see. I mean you go back and look at him in his early career, the guy was insanely jacked. When we fought he was insanely jacked, and now you look at him and he looks like a f***ing beat up old man, and he’s getting knocked out like so and he’s performing like so. When he was juiced out of his mind, just f***ing tearing through everybody.”

“He has the hypocrisy to go out and talk about being a good person and this and that. The guy’s a cheat, the guy has no honor. I would have loved to have been the person to do that, but it’s kind of still enjoyable to see him get what he deserves because he’s gone out and done that to many people and caused injuries. He f***ed up my eyeball, he’s the one to blame for that, so yeah. God bless Machida. Job well done.”