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Performance Enhancing Drugs in the UFC

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Recently, Wanderlei Silva tested positive for Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs) - he was suspended, and his fight with Chael Sonnen was cancelled.

Chael was then slotted to fight Vitor Belfort.

Also recently, TRT was banned from MMA, causing Chael Sonnen, Vitor Belfort and others to transition off the drug.

In Chael's case, he was taking testosterone as a fertility drug (which apparently worked, as his wife is pregnant). In order to stay healthy, he had to take a few other substances, which, as it turns out, were banned substances - and so Chael was suspended and his fight with Vitor was cancelled.

The world rushed to his defense, myself included, saying that his tests had come back clean and that the substances he'd been taking were not banned in "off season" (which he was in, during the test) and no more "illegal" than caffeine or ibuprofen.

Then, the Chael hit the fan so to speak, as he was found guilty of taking PEDs, just as Wanderlei was.

Chael was let go from the UFC, as well as fired from his journalism role.

Chael was never all that interesting to me as a fighter, but I will miss him in his journalism role.

The result of all this does, however, beg the question: Why not have Wanderlei and Chael fight? They're both equal again, as neither has an PED advantage.

This also begs the question: Why are PEDs illegal? When the line between supplement, rehabilitation, and performance enhancing becomes thinner by the day -- why not simply legalize it all?

Aren't you curious what a roided out GSP would be like? How big could Brock Lesnar get? How much speed could a Demetrius Johnson cultivate with access to any chemicals his trainers desired?

I know, the health of the fighter should be taken into account, I know. But, I do wonder if the whole thing would be simpler if the athletic commission simply said "okay, just go for it"



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