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The Fight of Junior Dos Santos: Drug Testing Should Be Implemented Among MMA Fighters
Performance-enhancing drugs (PED) are now becoming an issue inside the MMA arena. Nonetheless, only few of its fighters are willing to speak about the issue. It is brave enough that the fighters themselves have taken courage to clean up the issues on PED. Significantly, this issue is not hard to deny and disregarded. However, this problem should be seen and solved efficiently by the UFC and other athletic commissions. For some MMA fighters, it is time to take courage and demand drug testing. They have spoken against the use of PED by MMA fighters.
This is especially true to Junior Dos Santos, a UFC heavyweight fighter that has spoken about the use of PED by some MMA fighters. His fight with Alistair Overeem drove him to be more open about the issue. His opponent, Overeem, failed the drug test prior to fight as the results were 14-1 ration of testosterone to epitestosterone. This has led to the cancellation of the fight with Overeem losing his chance on fighting for the UFC heavyweight championship. Although this change is only temporary, many have voiced concerns on the use of PED. Dos Santos further added that if ever there will be another fight between the two of them; Overeem agrees to have a blood test before the fight. Dos Santos even confirmed that there is no benefits in using PEDs as the fight would be completely useless and unfair. “The fighter using those substances is never fighting with his own skills. He is enhancing his power with those drugs,” Dos Santos concluded.
On the other hand, Overeem answered and confirmed that he will be taking drug tests randomly at least once a month. The main point here is for the UFC to be truly concerned on the effects of PEDs in MMA. The need for drug testing has been raising several issues even before these events have happened. An internal program for drug testing is being supported by well-known MMA athletes.