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July 28, 2014
'STEROIDS NOT BENEFICIAL TO COMPETITORS AT METAMORIS,' CLAIMS RALEK GRACIE
Ralek Gracie
Former UFC fighter Chael Sonnen is set to compete in a submission-only grappling match against decorated Brazilian -jiu-jitsu practitioner Andre Galvao next month at Metamoris 4. There has been some criticism of the match-up in the build-up after Sonnen was released from his contract with the UFC recently following two failed drug tests. Among the substances Chael tested positive for was erythropoietin (EPO). “With EPO that’s something I hadn’t really looked into as much,” explained Metamoris founder Ralek Gracie. “But with steroids for us in jiu-jitsu – if you’re using a lot of steroids you’re going to run out of strength, you’re going to run out of energy faster… My stance for the most part has been, ‘Man, let’s see these guys go in there and see what they have to offer.'” Gracie reasons that, with the one 20-minute round format of Metamoris, the use of steroids is not something that would benefit a competitor at the event. This is hugely debatable from a scientific and medical standpoint, although Ralek does admit that the use of EPO is something that should be dealt with. “I think the EPO thing, as far as being a boost for endurance, is messed up. We have to look into that. As a new organisation, we’re playing it. We’re trying to get as much as we can, we’re trying to put as many exciting fights together as possible and it’s a lot of work. People are blaming us, people are giving us a lot of trouble but a lot of people just want to see this interesting match-up [between Sonnen and Galvao].” It seems the most important thing for the grappling promotion at this point, at least from the perspective of the man in charge, is to provide the most exciting contests they can – even if it draws  a few complaints from sporting purists. It could even prove beneficial to the rising promotion to have a little controversy surrounding it, bringing more notoriety and exposure to their events. “He’s so controversial,” Ralek said of Sonnen in his interview on Inside MMA. “At the same time, everybody in our community knows that Chael is up against the works. He’s up against a huge opponent. The UFC kicks him out, it’s exciting, let’s see what he can do against Galvao. If he survives, he’s considered the winner. It’s not a title on the line. Chael’s probably on his way out like everybody’s talking about.  Let’s see what we can do, let’s see if it can be something exciting. Let’s see how it goes.” Metamoris 4 is set to take place on Saturday August 9th at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California. http://www.fightersonlymag.com/content/news/21476-steroids-not-beneficial-to-competitors-at-metamoris-claims-ralek-gracie