Anderson Silva Speaks Out On Drugs in MMA

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MMA legend Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva believes fighters who test positive for performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) should be banned from fighting – period.

Silva’s comments come ahead of his much anticipated UFC 183 fight against Nick Diaz, on January 31.

And Anderson should know something about steroid cheats. Of his 15 UFC opponents 7 have, at some stage, tested positive to banned substances. Not that it did them much good.

Chris Leben, Nate Marquardt, James Irvin, Forrest Griffin, Vitor Belfort, Stephen Bonnar, and Chael Sonnen are the high profile fighters who’ve fallen foul of the drug-testers. And these are only the ones Silva has fought.

The UFC is fast overtaking competitive cycling for being the sport most entrenched in PEDs.

In an interview with MMA Junkie Silva said, “This is not bad for me, this is bad for the sport. People around the world love the UFC … I don’t think this is good because the sport can change the lives of the kids and the people in the world.”

The UFC has been under pressure to reduce the number of positive results from its athletes. Random drug tests have been part of every UFC contract, but many athletes are thumbing their noses at the restrictions. In 2015 the organisation hopes to implement a full-scale program.

But Silva believes there will always be some athletes who find a way around the rules. When they do get caught Silva believes they should be banned for life.

The 39 year-old Silva has undergone his share of drug tests also; all of them returning negative results. “Steroids make the sport bad,”

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