I think that its a good measure to test randomly, making it more difficult to break the rules. I have no problem with steroid use, but using for tested events is a really low thing to do.
Less so tho when there’s no alternative league that allows it. In powerlifting, if you want to use, yo ugo to a fed that doesnt test. in mma, you dont have that choice. Ideally, it would be up to the competitors, ie if they both agreed, then it would be fine. If one didnt agree, then they couldnt use, but the other would get to stipulate something else about the training, like “nobody’s allowed to sleep in hyperbaric(sp?) tents” or something, haha
I agree that it is a shame for the guys who are on gear. But, its still complete BULLSHIT to compete in a natural event when chemically enhanced. There really is no justifying it. If it is known that the league/organization/whatever does not allow the use of AAS then it it complete deuchebaggery to use and then compete in their events. Yeah there are no alternative leagues that allow it, they should suck it up and not use, or drop out of being a professional fighter.
Well, I’m not going to attempt to justify cheating, since you’re right, that’s what it is, but there are two points to this.
One, mma is much different from other professional organizations in that fighters are much more “temp” workers than say an nfl player who is under contract year round, insured against injury, provided with training support, etc. Because of this the ufc and nsac have a lot less say over the fighters’ lives than the nfl does over its players. To take this point into the gray area, if youre a fighter living and competing in brazil (where, to the best of my knowledge, steroids are legal) what happens if you are not currently under contract, but are hoping to get a call from the ufc? Nothing’s guaranteed, should your use still be restricted.
Two, St Augustine is often quoted as writing “an unjust law is no law.” I’ll keep this brief as it could be debated all day, but what is the justification for outlawing steroids in sports? That it gives an unfair advantage? How is it unfair if both fighters (eg sherk and franca) are on? Further, while it may be a competitive advantage, what makes steroids “unfair” but any other NUMBER of advantages - altitude training, hyperbaric tents, better training crews, better coaching, better genetics - “fair?”
Again, under the current system it is cheating. But I wish that this stuff would at least be discussed and not treated as such a black-and-white, open-and-shut, closed case.