Bellator heavyweight star Matt Mitrione wants those who decide to use steroids and compete as a pro-MMA fighter to face serious consequences for their actions.
“Meathead’ is slated to take on Roy Nelson in the first-round of the Bellator MMA World Grand Prix on February 17, 2018. The tournament kicks off with Quinton Jackson vs. Chael Sonnen at Bellator 192, which is slated to take place on January 20th at The Forum in Inglewood, California. The prelims will air online while the main card airs on Spike TV.
Keep in mind that the promotion has been without a heavyweight champion since the title was vacated by then-champ Vitaly Minakov after Bellator decided to strip him of it in May of 2016 for failing to defend the title.
Former UFC heavyweight fighter Shane Carwin recently threw his name in the hat to be an alternate for the upcoming tournament, which will serve as a way to crown a new division champion in 2018.
Although Mitrione doesn’t have a problem with Carwin competing in the tournament, he just wants him to take and pass a drug test.
“I’ll say this, anyone he fights will definitely want a drug test, that’s for certain,” said Matt Mitrione during a recent interview on The MMA Hour (transcript courtesy of MMA Mania). “If he can pass that, I think anyone would be cool with fighting him. I think that’s going to be a major conversation.”
It should be noted that Carwin has never actually failed a drug test. However, he was implicated in a steroid scandal back in 2010 as a customer who purchased steroids from Applied Pharmacy Services. The lead pharmacist J. Michael Bennett was sentenced to a four-year prison term for selling the prohibited agent.
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“I believe, just let me throw this out there, I believe if anybody fights an MMA fight with steroids or anabolics in their system, they should be charged with attempted murder. If the fight actually goes on, they should be charged with attempted murder,” said Mitrione.
“Steroids affect everything, not just muscles. They affect cardio, squeezing strength, punching strength. If you know how to utilize, then it’s really dangerous. Steroids affects cardio positively,” he said.
“The amount of oxygen that your red blood cells carry, it increases everything across the board. If you fight with anabolic steroids in your system, if you actually have the fight, its consummated and you get popped you should be charged with attempted murder.”