90% of UFC fighters using PEDs?

Remember Victor Conte?  Recognize that name?

Conte was the main guy behind Balco Labs.  Victor is one of  THE most knowledgeable guys in the US on the use of Performance Enhancing Drugs in sports.  Based on his experience, I would tend to agree with his assessments of the PEDs problem in the UFC.

And Conte is not the first person to accuse the UFC of being rampant with drug users!


The infamous Victor Conte, the man behind one of the biggest steroid abuse scandals in US sports history, was on Ariel Helwani's MMA Hour last night charging the vast majority of UFC fighters of using performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) and accusing Dana Whiteof turning a blind eye.

"Do I believe that 90%… are using some sort of performance enhancing drug in the UFC? I do," said Conte. "But there are those that do not and I think that number's going to grow over time. They realize that the testing is weak. The Nevada Commission's testing is weak."

Conte was the man behind the Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative (BALCO) which supplied athletes with undetectable PEDs until the whole operation came crashing down following a federal investigation in 2003. After serving several months in prison for his role at BALCO, Conte has come out as a crusader pointing the finger at the absurdity of drug testing in sport.

Conte says that both the UFC and state athletics commissions, such as the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), should be doing more.

"And listen, Dana White's a very smart man. [NSAC executive director] Keith Kizer's a very smart man, and he's an attorney. But the logic for argument that they present in this particular situation just does not fly," Conte told Helwani. "There are options available. Is it ever going to be perfect, is it ever going to be foolproof? The answer is no. But can it be much more effective, and can the use of [testosterone-replacement therapy] and other anabolic steroids and performance-enhancing drugs, can the rampant use be significantly reduced? I believe it can and I believe there's some simple answers."

Such accusations, that the majority of fighters are on PEDs, aren't new either. Last year, UFC light-heavyweight Krzysztof Soszynski also laid a similar charge during Helwani's MMA Hour.

"I would definitely say somewhere in the percentage of 85% of guys are definitely using, especially the guys who can afford it are definitely using” said Krzysztof. “I would even go as high as 95-96% of the top level athletes that are definitely using it. You can clearly see it."

These numbers may sound wildly outlandish, especially coming from an athlete who admitted to having used PEDs in the past himself, but considering the  scandals that engulfed Major League Baseball and cycling in recent years, such systemic and widespread use of PEDs has many precedents in sport.

Take for example the whole issue surrounding testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). This topic blew up after Chael Sonnen failed a drugs test following his fight against Anderson Silva in 2010. No synthetic substance was found in his body, however, his ratio of testosterone-epitestosterone revealed he had been using.

At the time, the NSAC accepted his TRT excuse, despite accusing him of failing to follow procedures in order to get his use approved. Since then, a whole series of MMA fighters have been revealed to have obtained testosterone-use exemptions (TUEs) on medical grounds.

"[If] it was similar in structure to testosterone, a testosterone derivative or a modified testosterone molecule… These derivatives always show on mass-spectrometry tests and so athletes are gravitating towards using pure testosterone. This is why you see so many athletes are doing TRT, because the testing has taken away designer steroids, and now what's left is this huge loophole involving micro-dosing of testosterone."

"I don't think you go with an outright ban, I think you have a very strict protocol in being granted a TRT… But do I think that 99.9% of cases where they're granting these [TUEs] is complete BS? I do."

TRT use is a convenient loophole for any would-be cheat. It effectively allows athletes to use as much steroids as they want, as long as they are within the normal range of testosterone come fight time. This problem was exposed by the case of Nate Marquardt last year.

Marquardt had a TUE under the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board. This meant that he would automatically pass the T/E ratio test, because any use of the synthetic test would skew those numbers.

What he was not allowed, under his exemption, was to have higher than normal test levels. Nate's levels, though trending down over the last week before the fight, still failed to fall to within the range required in time for him to be cleared to fight.

What does this say about the TRT loophole? Well, a fighter with a TUE could use extreme amounts of testosterone during training, as long as he times it so that come fight night his levels fall back within the normal range. That's a loophole you can drive a tank through.


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5 Responses to 90% of UFC fighters using PEDs?

  1. boycott ufc says:


    FUUFC I am done with this joke of a carnival show.

    It is time to start writing your CONGRESSMEN, true believers. I asked the real Wizard of Oz and there are no real superheroes in the UFC. Ultimate Fighting Cheaters on roids.

    Alistair Overeem aka Overroid just tested 14 times the amount of steroids in a man. This is the final nail in the coffin, and will cost the UFC for years to come.

    Rampage Jackson admits to steroid use. Doctor script just a cover up for fighters.

    Do not be fooled Junior dos Santos, Anderson Silva, Jon Jones, George St. Pierre and other top fighters all probably on steroids and there is one way to tell for sure. Carbon Isotope testing on their fat cells. If they ever used before, the steroids can be found there and should be public. You ever wonder why fighters like Anderson Silva are retiring all of a sudden. Roid rats jumping off the UFC boat due to random testing being done.

    Done with MMA, Football, Baseball, Hockey, Basketball, Underwater Basket Weaving and any other roided joke of a sport.

    List of Steroid Cheaters, some are still with their organizations after a slap on the wrist.ex Chris Leben. If you cheat with steroids you should never be able to fight again, period. So I can take steroids and then cycle off reaping the benefits. I say 7 year moratorium minimum if caught juicing.

    JOSH BARNETT (now with strikeforce), TIM SYLVIA, KIMO LEOPOLDO, NATE MARQUARDT, VITOR BELFORT, STEPHAN BONNAR, PAWEL NASTULA, KIT COPE, JOHNNIE MORTON, ROYCE GRACIE, JORGE ORTIZ, PHIL BARONI, SEAN SHERK (still with UFC), HERMES FRANCA, ANTHONY TORRES, BILL MAHOOD, ADAM SMITH, JASON WINTHERS, RUBEN VILLAREAL, DENNIS HALLMAN, ALEXANDER CRISPIM, CARINA DAMM, ALEXANDRE NOGUEIRA, ANTONIO SILVA, EDWIN DEWEES, CHRIS LEBEN (still with UFC), KIRILL SIDELNIKOV, KEN SHAMROCK, JOSH BARNETT, COLE PROVINCE, CHAEL SONNEN (still with UFC), SHANE CARWIN (not caught but federal link to purchase of steroids), Rampage Jackson admitted to steroid replacement by doctor, Thiago Silva urine samples are not consistent with that of human urine (actually used a catheter to put animal urine in his own bladder, moron), Rampage Jackson testosterone replacement therapy excuse to cover up his years of abuse, Frank Mir TRT replacement, Dan Henderson TRT replacement and Alistair Overoid top of the UFC food chain tested positive for title fight.

    TRT = juicing, period no matter the acronym they use. Note names like Mir. Mir had to be abusing steroids for years, and his career is a sham. Now he is paying of a doctor for TRT prescription (A UFC Doctor).

    Really, you cheat, you get another chance, BS!!!

    For everyone who supports steroid use, I don't know what to say. You are either born a man or not, and compensating by drugs pretty much answers those questions. Everyone can see when most anyone really abuses steroids, and notes records broken, and people dying of cancer early. I hope those that support it take it and die from the stuff so the rest of us can enjoy this rock with a few less losers on it.

    Piss tests are not good enough because any cheater can use a catheter and fill his bladder with whatever at any time like Thiago Silva animal urine fiasco. The testing is also not that costly, for blood and urine, so that argument don't fly with me either. Also sports need to publicly state who was on what whenever they fail a test. Football and baseball keep their information private other than announcing a failed PED. I hear about a steroid user and I boycott and bad mouth, and I will not go to any event until you losers are kicked out for good.

    Blood or fat cell testing only. Fat cells can show steroid abuse for many years previous, and a simple subcutaneous sample is all that is needed.

    Carbon Isotope testing is cheap and foils Steroid abusers and detects non-human plant based steroid supplement.

    A Mass Spectrometer or High Performance Liquid Chromatography assay can also be done. It is time for all steroid abusers to be put out in the public eye for the losers they are. These tests can check for steroids for years of previous abuse.

    Dana White just came out and stated he supports TRT (Testosterone Replacement Therapy), and is just a way of doctors shielding fighters juicing. Shit, Dana Douch Bag White is even bringing back Josh Barnett another confirmed steroid cheater. So you know what Dana really thinks, actions speak louder than words. Wouldn't all of you athletes who play fair like a chance at fame, fortune, etc. A new fighting organization needs to start steroid free and compete against the UFC cheating organization.

    I am tired of all the cheaters and steroids. If a sport cannot do Olympic style blood and urine testing for hgh, steroids, etc, then they are not going to get my money. Look at baseball. Even though the sport is boring and has many problems, steroids killed baseball's revenue. I see the empty stands and see how cameras try to manipulate seating shots to make it appear there is a full stadium. A real man stands on his own two feet for what he is and struggles to change his weaknesses into strengths, not cheat with steroids. All those mma cheaters are just a bunch of losers, and regardless of the media hype or money thrown they will always look like that in everyone's eyes, period. Why don't I give everyone a bat who didn't take steroids to even the playing field. Americans know their "pro" sports are tainted, and we don't need to wait for congress to fix you. Everyone speaks of mma like it is a circus rather than a sport because of all the controversy. You are going the same route as fake wrestling or strongman competitions that make no money because of steroid losers. It is cause and effect. Less fans, less attendance at other venues like bars, means less money for all businesses around. Regulate steroids before it destroys your source of income. I know I am not going to any events until you fix this crap.

    Boycott all sports in America or anywhere there are steroid cheaters and save your money. Until they feel it in the pocketbook they will look the other way. Every fan I know is criticizing sports and wants them cleaned up or shut down. UFC sucks, 90% losers as stated by article above.

    Dana White you are a DOUCHE

    Army of Darkness

    • Nate "THE ROID CHEAT" Marquardt says:

      What I don’t understand is Nate Marquardt is a 3 time convicted steroid cheat and no one seems to care. Should be 3 strikes and you out “banned” for life from competing in MMA

    • Mike. A says:

      You are absolutely right. Records for the past 50 years in all pro sports should be thrown out because of all the ped use that led to bogus wins and champioships. The majority of athletes couldnt survive without some sort of ped. I wouldn’t be surprised if Lebron or mayweather have juiced.

  2. i agree says:

    I agree with your statement above, even though I do not really understand the testing process. You seem to know a lot. I think any steroid use prescription or otherwise should ban any athlete. All these scandals are making UFC boring as hell. UFC 146 was a prime example. All the shuffling of fighters made for a boring set of fights, and was almost as bad as UFC147. Don’t worry because the UFC is losing fans in droves, and you sound determined to ban steroids. The beast will bring itself down.



    NOONE has ever been busted more times in the UFC than Nate “THE CHEAT” Marqaurdt and EVERYONE gives him a pass because he cries and whines and sounds like a little hurt puppy dog. The man failed twice while on TRT alone and everyone knows why he needs TRT because he was on STEROIDS his entire career going all the way back to Pancrace in Japan where Nate himself said “EVERYONE IN JAPAN WAS ON STEROIDS” Duh big coincidence that Nate FAILS HIS FIRST steroid test back in states after leaving Pancrace. Dana should have kept his word and NEVER let marqaurdt back in the UFC. However watching Marquardt get KO’d by Ellenburger almost makes a guy believe in KARMA.