“If you’re not cheating, you’re not trying,” once said former light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz following a fight.
He was accused of grabbing the fence during the bout, but that mentality is shared by those that use performance-enhancing drugs to gain an advantage, according to middleweight contender Michael Bisping.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship launched an aggressive campaign to weed out PED users in 2015. In June, the UFC enlisted the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) to administer the anti-doping program. USADA executives called the move, “the first all-encompassing, independently administered, anti-doping policy for a professional sports organization.”
The measure requires all UFC athletes to provide their whereabouts to USADA and be available for testing “any place, any time with no notice.”
The sixth-ranked middleweight believes the policy has had an immediate impact, but says cheaters are still going to cheat.
“When you look at a lot of the fighters now, you are seeing a difference in physiques. That goes without saying, you see a difference,” said the 36-year-old contender. “We are seeing people test positive, but it is human nature. If these people are willing to cheat in the first place, they’re going to try to continue to cheat. They’re going to try to continue to manipulate the system.”
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