UFC’s Daniel Cormier: “Once a Fighter Relies on PEDs, There’s no Going Back”
By FCF Staff
Yesterday, the Ultimate Fighting Championship announced that it is going to implement and fund more stringent and random drug testing by mid 2015, and clearly Daniel Cormier is happy to hear it.
The light-heavyweight contender and commentator was asked to weigh-in on the UFC’s new testing policies in the latest edition of “UFC Tonight”, and here is some of what Cormier had to say (quote via FOX Sports press release):
“I heard that they are going to continue to test and weed out the guys who are cheating, not only the fans, but the sport. Dana White said they are catching them. It doesn’t matter who they are, you’re going to get caught. More financial penalties need to happen. Out of competition testing needs to happen. That’s the key. Show up at a fighter’s house and test him. Once a fighter relies on PEDs, there’s no going back. There’s a chance they’ll lose everything. These guys have lost themselves in them and can’t compete without them. And they will get caught.”
At a UFC press conference on Tuesday, the promotion’s CEO Lorenzo Fertitta and President Dana White both called for lengthier suspensions to be handed to PED users. Both executives suggested a minimum, two year suspension for first time offenders. Currently, first time offenders typically are suspended for nine months following a failed drug test.
Cormier, meanwhile, is scheduled to fight Ryan Bader at a Fight Night card on June 6th.