Ben Henderson: I’m all for increased drug testing in the UFC


UFC Lightweight champion Ben Henderson has been busy in the news as of late, recently expressing his desire to face Georges St-Pierre at Welterweight. While that fight was quickly shot down by Dana White, Henderson has also been a staunch critic of TRT and PEDs, a hot topic in today’s MMA.

Henderson has made it known that he believes the need to take such drugs makes a fighter mentally weak, and that he can break them. He views TRT and steroids as a quick fix to get a leg up on the competition, but that’s something he wholly believes he’ll never need. He‘s all for increased testing , and spoke up to MMA Fighting on the subject:

“I’d be for increased testing. It keeps the playing field even. It makes it so guys have to do a better job of either hiding it, or just not taking it. I think a lot of guys would actually just do a better job of hiding. Like guys in the NFL, some get busted, but the guys who get busted are just the, not very intelligent ones, because it’s not the hardest thing just to time it correctly to where you don’t get caught whenever you get tested.

“That being said, I’d be for more rigorous testing. They want the blood doping testing? We can do that, too. I’m cool with that. Random testing? I’d be for that.

I’m all for any testing. Random, blood testing; whatever you want to do, let’s do it, because for me, I never even considered it.” 

So Henderson’s not concerned with increased testing, and thinks it may be good for the sport. With estimates of steroid use in MMA at an all-time high, it may be a good idea. But it may also lead to the cancellation of several huge fights. The debate rages on about PEDs in MMA.  Is random drug testing the next step the UFC should take in preventing drug use among fighters?

  • I, too, would be for increased testing, but guys like Chael and Dan Henderson would somehow find other loopholes.

  • Its complete bullsh/t the ongoing drug abuse in MMA…..Scientists were able to map the human genome, they were able to launch satellites into space, yet they can't figure out how to implement drug testing to make it a level playing field.

  • DNA Blueprinting will be much cheaper, easier to implement and help to regulate over time. There is no stopping people trying to cheat or beat the system. It doesn't mean that those who have and do don't offer a great wealth of knowledge in regards to their sport however. I think people have a very difficult time disassociating physical cheating and the knowledge and effort that is still required by any winning athlete.

    • Still might mean they beat someone they wouldn't have otherwise and the person that lost is obviously far more deserving then the cheater.

  • Dana has been scared of increased testing for years, tooting pointless facts like "we are the most regulated sport, most tested sport" even if true doesn't mean ****, only means nobody is doing enough. UFC makes enough money to test at least the maincard randomly during camp, to suggest anything else is just silly, they wouldn't even notice it in the budget.

    • @Krogan…Thats like the United Nations saying we do more than otherbody else yet there are major problems everywhere.. It doesn't hold. There is a problem needs fixing.

    • I have had those thoughts about Dana for a long time he only has a public stance against PED's all he cares about is putting on a fight card with no problems. Its only a problem for him if you pulled from the card before it happens. tons of peep test positive after fights nothing happens from ZUFFA generally. Nate Maquart gets pulled from the main event because of PEDs his *** is cut immediately

  • Good man Ben. Harsher punishment for those caught. If it was 2 years out many would think again, if it's only 1 many will look at it as 1 fight gone.

    • Exactly Falcon……1 year out and still being able to train and keep fit doesn't seem like the biggest deterent. They should make it a mandatory three years….If you are warned how can you complain when they are handing out the suspension. Its cheating..Anyone who thinks 3 years too long is giving sympathy for drug cheats…Don't take drugs and you will never have a problem. Its that simple.