Report: Royce Gracie Argues PEDs Not a Widespread Problem in MMA
By FCF Staff
Due to the recent wave of high profile, drug test failures, many pundits and fighters have speculated that performance enhancing drugs are a far reaching problem through out pro MMA. One of the sport’s pioneers, Royce Gracie, however, apparently disagrees.
Recently MMA has been rocked by the news that Anderson Silva has allegedly tested positive for steroids, and not long after, came word that Hector Lombard did also. Recently Gracie spoke to MMA Fighting.com about the controversial subject, and he argued that the recent test results show that the system is “working.” Then, the 48 year-old Brazilian added:
“How many people got caught [recently]? Five?” Gracie said. “Five of how many we have in the sport all over the world? I don’t think it’s a problem.”
In 2014, stars like Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen, among others, were disciplined for issues related to PEDs and drug testing.
It should also be noted that Gracie allegedly tested positive for nandrolone in 2007, however, the legend has denied ever using PEDs.