According to a new interview that light heavyweight fighter Kryzstof Soszynski gave to The MMA Hour’s Ariel Helwani, the vast majority of high-caliber mixed martial artists use performance enhancing drugs. Everyone, of course, but him:
“I would definitely say somewhere in the percentage of 85 percent of guys are definitely using, especially the guys who can afford it are definitely using,” said Soszynski. “I would even go as high as 95 to 96 percent of the top level athletes that are definitely using it. You can clearly see it.”…
Soszynski, who’s no stranger to a pro sports drug culture after experiences with pro wrestling and competitive bodybuilding, added that while most fighters might be on PEDs, he’s among the small percentage that isn’t.
“I haven’t used [PEDs] for mixed martial arts,” he said. “Back in the days when I was a bodybuilder, obviously it was a little different. But for mixed martial arts, I don’t. I don’t believe in it.”…
“It’s just part of guys trying to become the best,” said Soszynski. “You want to become the best, you’re going to do anything and everything you can to become the best, and this is one of those things.”
In the interview, he goes on to describe a whole slew of drugs that aren’t even tested for by athletic commissions which will make you bigger, stronger, and more heart-meaty. None of which he would ever consider using himself, of course. Obviously, a professional athlete would never use confirmation bias to inflate the numbers of people using PEDs in order to justify his (or her) own PED use!
Soszynski’s position also includes the age-old argument that only dumb fighters will get caught when tests are only done on fight weekend, because most training happens weeks or months before the fight. We’ll see how this argument plays out now that the Nevada State Athletic Commission has finally started testing main event fighters at random in out-of-competition settings weeks before their bouts. The headliners of Strikeforce Challengers 18 still came back clean on their out-of-competition drug tests. This despite the fact that Jorge Gurgel still considers himself a competent striker! As Soszynski notes, practically no drug screen tests for EVERY drug out there, so maybe the LSD that Gurgel was taking slipped through the cracks.