We have seen an increased amount of performance-enhancing-drug (PED) violations in the UFC since the arrival of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), who has vowed to clean up the sport. The latest USADA flagging was a shocking one, as pound-for-pound king Jon Jones was recently pulled from his scheduled UFC 200 headliner just days prior due to a possible anti-doping violation.
UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock has an interesting view on the PED issue in MMA. “The World’s Most Dangerous Man” actually feels as if PEDs should be regulated and allowed on a ‘safe level’:
“Listen I think it’s pretty clear. I’ve taken a stance on it. My stance has always been upfront that this needs to be regulated. It needs to be a point where guys can use it at a safe level, because it does help. It does help in your health, and it does help in your recovery.” Shamrock said on Inside MMA.
Continuing on, Shamrock, who has tested positive for PEDs before, also implied that the UFC has allowed performance-enhancing-drug use for years:
“I just don’t see how they’re gonna stop something that they’ve allowed to happen for so long. I think my biggest anger with this is that it seems like everybody wants you to believe that their heads were stuck in the sand when all this was going on and then when something like this happens, their heads pop up out of the sand and they go, ‘Oh my gosh I can’t believe that happened! How dare you! You’re such a bad person! I’m so angry at you!’ And the reality of it is that everybody knows it’s going on in almost every sport across the United States.”
What do you make of Shamrock’s view on the matter?