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Kevin Iole and Johnny Benjamin on WMMA

Since I regularly throw poop at Kevin Iole and Johnny Benjamin for saying stupid things, I figure it’s only fair to share with you when they say something smart (also known as ‘something Fightlinker agrees with’). Here’s Kevin Iole ripping someone a new anus in his mailbag for claiming people only like WMMA because they’re being ‘politically correct':

While we’re at it, why not change the constitution and repeal women’s right to vote? And howa’bout we pass a law forcing them to stay at home, have babies and be housewives? Make the dinner and all that, right? I’ll tell you, John, you represent the worst kind of MMA fan. Thankfully, you’re in the minority. There were 856,000 people who tuned in to watch that fight and there were more than 13,000 in the arena who generated a live gate of $750,000. They didn’t watch because they were being politically correct. They watched because these were two well-conditioned, well-skilled and popular fighters who deserved everything they got from the media. Kudos to Strikeforce and Showtime for making it the main event. If you didn’t watch, you’re the loser, because you missed a terrific fight.

And here’s Johnny Benjamin defending Cris Cyborg from those who are oh so sure she’s taking steroids:

I think that this question sheds light on three controversial issues in MMA: the prevalence of performance-enhancing-drug (PED) use, fighter bashing when your favorite fighter loses, and malicious or inappropriate comments directed toward female athletes.

I have absolutely no reason to believe or suspect Cris Santos of being anything other than a superb athlete, a fearless warrior, a champion and a great ambassador for MMA. She has been tested for performance-enhancing drugs in the U.S. many times, and to my knowledge, has never failed a screen.

It disappoints me when some vocal people in cyberspace hide behind a pseudonym and make malicious and baseless attacks against athletes that have never failed a screen for banned substances. These keyboard toxicologists think that they can merely look at an athlete and “know” that so-and-so is a “juicer.” There is a term for that. It’s called “delusions of grandeur,” and medication may help.

Do I think that (for reasons that have nothing to do with Santos) it is time to start testing blood instead of urine? Absolutely.

Do I think that Santos should be ridiculed for putting in countless hours of hard work and being superbly fit? Absolutely NOT.

I’d be a liar if I said I never suspected Cyborg of taking steroids, but I’ve had the same suspicion about a huge number of other MMA fighters. The truth of the matter is we don’t know. A lot of the manly visual symptoms women get are the result of increased testosterone, which isn’t just something that happens only when you’re using steroids. It also happens when you &feature=player_embedded” target=”_blank”>work out like a fucking beast.

There’s also the very simple (albeit not very ‘politically correct’) explanation that Cyborg is just hella ugly. Yep, she does looka like a man. There are a lot of chicks who end up looking more like dad than mom … as someone who’s just gotten back on the internet dating wagon, I can attest to that first hand. But to use this as hard proof of anything is ignorant.

The point I’m trying to make here is that maybe Cyborg is using and maybe she isn’t. Commissions are just starting to get in on this random testing thing, so the truth is until it’s more widespread, we won’t know about ANYONE. But there’s no way to know just by looking at her. Speculate all you want on whether she does or doesn’t do steroids. Just don’t be like BJ Penn and act like your assumptions and reality are one and the same.