There’s a couple of different attitudes regarding PEDs floating around the fighting world. You’ve got the Johnny Boy Scout guys swearing up and down that steroids are wrong and they’d never take them. Represented here by Mark Munoz:
“The thing about PEDs, everyone wants to get an edge on the competition, but I feel with PEDs you’re actually cutting your life shorter. I think when you take such drugs it’s damaging your body in a way, because anything synthetically enhanced, it’s going to do something bad to your body in the long term. For me, I’m a father and a husband, so I want to be here later on. So if I’m taking something synthetic, it’s just going to disrupt the natural process of the body and then shut down your kidneys or give you diverticulitis in your 30s or give you heart disease. If they did research on PEDs, (they’d find) it really does shorten your life. So if I’m taking PEDs, I’m shortening my life, and therefore I’m not looking towards my first priority, which is my family. PEDs is cheating. Stop cheating — there’s no substitute for hard work. If you don’t want to work hard, do something else! Stop cheating!”
And then we’ve got the slightly more laissez-faire attitude represented by Phil Baroni:
I want to see the best fighters, I want to see who is the strongest the best! Guys should be able to do whatever it takes to be the strongest. Getting choked and kicked in the head is really bad for you, worse than pot, TRT, or steroids. I don’t care who’s the cleanest, I wanna see the strongest, the fastest and the most gnarly fighters. I don’t want to see who is the best at passing drug test. Overeem isn’t the only guy taking shit, he just got caught. I wanna see the baddest mother fuckers going at it. That’s why PRIDE was the best — I wanna see a 205 (ripped) Wanderlei Silva kill dudes!
Not only are there more Phil Baronis out there than you’d imagine, but half the boy scout types are lying about their usage too. Anything to be the gnarliest fighter ever!