No I don’t think steroids belong in fighting, or any professional sport imo.
I think you’re barking up the wrong tree there.
First of all, I’m really not a real steroid supporter. It’s just a fact that since ancient olympia, athletes try to improve their capabilities through all sorts of “functional food”. They always will. I believe that on some subconscious level, your hard work will justify the means.
If an athlete honestly believes:“I did anything I can physically”, why should he stop himself of trying to supplement his training in all kinds of ways? Especially when others just seem to have an “unfair” edge like having more talent, be it through a body which is naturally better able to cope with the sport or be it because of age or other unattainable things like that.
As Sentoguy already mentioned somewhere here in the thread, steroids are used for strength gains rarely, especially in martial arts. Much more often, they are used for other reasons. Cyclists (ab)use like crazy, and they are probably aesthetically the ugliest athletes this planet knows.
Even with the most liberal drug policy, you will hardly see more Colemans & Randlemans. You will see more fighters who dare to go up a weight class or two. You’ll see more fighters who could recuperate from an old injury and generally more old fighters competing with the youngsters.
Steroids wouldn’t equal more massive fighters and with it, dehumanized matches because some frenzied mass monsters would collide WWE Style.
This way of thinking goes so deep that even guys like Royce won’t admit they juiced. What does that mean? In a recent Interview (read it in a recent Fighters only ) Royce proclaimed:
[b]“Do I look like I’m on steroids? Something’s not right man. Look at me. I walk around at 184/185 lbs. Everybody tries to lose weight, I try to gain weight for my fights. Something’s not right”.
“Do you think I take steroids? OK! That’s what you think. There is nothing I can do to change your mind.”
Hywel Teague:“Well, the test says that you took steroids”.
Gracie: “I know. I sleep well at night man”.[/b]
What we have here is a man who considers “juicing for mass” as a shameful act, because you illegally and foolishly aspire an unhealthy hulkish physique.
What he did, namely taking Nandrolone for being able to stay in shape, isn’t bad in his view, because he’s just maintaining the status quo. All he feels at a subconscious level, is that some referee basically tells him to retire, just because his age shows up.
Role models? Don’t know. I believe this one a relict of the cold war: Let’s show 'em that we’re better then the them!. Olympics as a substitute for war. Showing discipline and commitment to the nation/party.
I don’t know how it is exactly in the US, but in Germany the most popular sportsmen, like soccer stars, are really bad role models. Most of them play unfair, they spew out unintelligent crap and since their managers warn them to not speak up for anything other then sports it’s rare that you see em tell the audience something interesting/provocative/courageous about politics or society.
On top of that, popular athletes are so heavilvy marketed that when they address their fans directly, they do it through fucking commercials. Great role models.
I know that in MMA, skill is of utmost importance, more important then in practically any other known sport.
One can easily spot this because of the “improvements” and gadgets in most disciplines. Swimmers in special high tech sharkskin suits, a powerlifters various shirts or the fact that even the coating of the racetrack for the 100 meter dash is getting pimped up- people want to see records. And who honestly thinks that a sport like cycling will experience new breakthroughs in technique. Also, the human body HAS limits.
So, a natural champion like Armstrong or Ulrich has to juice to fully tap and show his potential.
MMA being a definite "skill"sport, I think chances are that transparent use of steroids won’t affect skill.
Besides that, I agree with you on this:
Any suggestions from the others to decrease possibly abuse from minors?