Bun-Bun, on 05 April 2012 - 23:59, said:
The recovery issue isn't as pronounced as other sports. It's not like in the NFL where every week you have a game. A fighter who fights 4 times in a year is an anomaly. Jon Jones is one of those cases. Donald Cerrone fought 4 times as well. But most of the other guys fight twice a year if they're lucky. Most guys keep fit all year long and ramp it up with a training camp leading up to the fight. Taking that into consideration, there isn't a clear edge in using most of the products listed for recovery sake unless it's a debilitating injury that happened during that camp, like what happened to Thiago Silva. Instead of losing the chance to make some money, he took a gamble and used some steroids to help his recovery along. Leben was busted for oxycodone. It's not like in the Tour where you have to bike for hundreds of km a day and everyone was filled to the gills with EPO.
Altough I don't think this is a prevalent issue within the UFC roster (maybe 5% of all fighters under contract), I would support the implementation of WADA level protocols and some kind of wellness policy in the UFC (like the WWE has).
One just has to look at most HW fighters around. Ubereem weighed in at 265, pretty much solid muscle with no body fat. Pat Barry weighs in at 242 and looks like a tub of lard.
I'm not sure why you would say most of those things don't give them an edge in training and, subsequently, competition. Training in the months leading up to a fight is brtual. A little Deca is like magic for nagging joint injuries. IGF-1 improves athletic ability in a number of ways. EPO oxygenates tissues like nothing else. There are plenty of benefits to each substance, as well as risks. Fighters risk their health and reputation by using them because they work, but being realistic, the risk to their health is much greater every time they step into the ring and winning can mean the difference between getting the big contract or not.
To make matters worse, state commissions sometimes don't even do strict urine tests for doping, let alone checking the blood. Even though some people still get caught, the World Anti-Doping Agency has consistently said UFC's policies on the matter are a joke.
So why do you say 95% of fighters wouldn't touch anything? Why do people in the business occasionally come out say most fighters are
doping? Again, I don't want to dismiss the legitimacy of the sport. They don't all choose the juice. For those that do, there is some
testing and that alone is enough to limit their options. I'd personally want a clean sport, but that's just not the reality right now.