Dan Henderson Talks Pride Fighter Drug Use; Thinks Jon Jones Not Punished Enough for Cocaine (Video)

April 14, 2015
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Dan Henderson discusses the new drug testing policy in the UFC, how fighters got tested in Pride and how the UFC handled Jon Jones‘s positive test for cocaine before UFC 182.

SEE ALSO > UFC Champ Jon Jones: ‘I am Not a Cocaine Addict’

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  • TheCerealKiller

    And this is why I don’t respect PRIDE as a sport. It has been said by multiple ex PRIDE fighters now that they were all on drugs and roids. It was cool for what it was, but that’s about it.

    As for his comment about Jones, are you kidding me? Dan was using a loophole to do steroids until they closed it. Jones was following the contract that the UFC made him sign. It said they would not test for recreational drugs outside of competition. Then they did test for them and publicly released the results. I’m not a expert on contracts, but I know a breach when I see it. The NAC could have been sued big time by Jones camp. I’m not supporting drug use, I just believe that the rules need to be followed on both ends of a contract.

    • Sir_Roy

      Hendo’s body language was hilarious. He was tripping over himself, revealed his hand a little too much, and had a few inner monologue “oh sh!t” moments, “time to hit on the breaks a bit, laying it on too thick” followed by “my hypocrisy can only run so far, time to stop polishing my fictional halo”. Too funny.

      • TheCerealKiller

        Because every guy that never used steroids needs TRT!

        • Sir_Roy

          It takes nerve doing an interview like that … I mean damn … Lol.

          Had I used at any one time in my career, let alone for years on end, the very least I would do is avoid those types of interviews or, if asked, brush it off with generic type responses (“yarp, steroids, steroids are baaad”.)

    • earlsimmons

      And no1 cares if you respect Pride or not. It was and always will be better than the UFC. Open weight fights, grand prixs, it was 10x more entertaining to watch than the UFC is now. And you are basing your opinion of pride on “it has been said”. LOL your such a joke we all have evidence that JJ got drunk and smashed his car and we all have evidence that he was doing cocaine and yet nothing happens to him. And your also comparing Dan who was using a LEGAL loophole to jones who does cocaine. His contract may say whatever it wants but he also has to follow the code of conduct and it sure seems to me he violated it twice so far and nothing has happened. So you are against the drug tests because it wasnt in his contract but the code of conduct means nothing? Double standards?

      • TheCerealKiller


        Go read the Code of Conduct. He never tested positive for a banned substance, as coke is not banned outside of competition. A fighter can be fined for substances of abuse, which he was. Can you quote for he where he is break the code? If you actually read it, you will realize they did what they could.

    • Gary Fredericks

      I hear what you are saying, and agree. Pride had some dicey legitimacy but was still fun to watch.

    • FritzVonLoeffel

      the thing about pride was, that everyone was able to decide by themselves, if they wanted to take peds, roids, or even nothing. so there was no cheating. on the one hand side i think its fair, on the other one i will have to say that it was very dangerous for the fighters. shamrock got an heartattack during the fight with fujita. well if you say (like daa allways does) these are growen men and they should know what they do to their health.
      but the main reason for pride fc not banning these things was because of the high amount of fights they had within one year. i dont think anderson did take roids to be a better fighter, i think he did it to heal his leg faster so he is able to compete again much sooner, than without that juice.
      my point is, that pride had his time. it was huge, legendary, breathtaking, the fighters were respected even after a defeat, no booing, fighters received their money cash after the fight(thanks to jakuzza)/i dont know how to spell it correctly). i still like their rules much more than ufcs, first round 10 min, a ring and so on, and so on….the bottom line is
      in the UFC stars are born

      in Pride.FC legends were made
      and finally: you cant compare ufc with pride. two complete different sports and surcumstances(i dont even know how to spell this one right)

  • Thinkyourconfused

    pre-law student here, The contract he has with the UFC is a completely separate legal agreement and has nothing to do with the license to fight that the fighter applies for to a regional athletic commission. If the UFC implemented the test (for example when they take responsibility for testing in countries with no commission) then they would be liable, however when you apply to regional body like NAC for a license to compete in their state you are agreeing to whatever they stipulated in the application etc. The fighters themselves are choosing to apply for that license and the UFC can’t control (however much they try with lobbying) that separate legally binding contract to be able to fight in that state etc etc
    Hope that makes sense

    • James Williams

      what on earth is a ‘pre law’ student? In the USA, law students are generally admitted after a four year bachelor’s degree to a JD program. Just curious. I’ve never heard of that before, and I teach law school.

      • Sir_Roy

        I think someone just got busted. 🙂

      • Thinkyourconfused

        The four year bachelor’s you are referring to is called pre-law in many places. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre-law
        Basically everything is policy and law focused with the intent for law school. I don’t know how you teach “law school” and have never heard that phrase before. Very weird.

  • Saner

    OMG, I can’t even hear Hendo because of all the advertisements that randomly start playing. After each ad mute turns off. Get your S*&T together, MMAWeekly!

    • 12ob

      Get adblock for chrome.

  • UFC-UltimateFloorCuddling

    I love pride. Steroid or not.. not everyone was on it. Also what the difference with UFC now and pride then? Atleast pride is memorable for the most part. I’m not condoning drug use.. but hey 2 steroid users are on it.. they should give it their all to freaking entertain us. LOL . it levels the fighting field.. The reality everyone should know that every sport have their drug use. it only comes through as who has the better steroid lol!

    Well joking aside.. everyone want to win. So drugs is always the answer. That the sad truth, In my opinion the ufc will always be more corrupt than pride.. If anything its worst. Most of ufc fights are boring.. and the rules like example Not being able to knee a person on the ground and such.. and soccer kicks. They stop wrestlers from doing takedowns over and over again.. it also favors wrestlers because more points are receive by taken a person down and doing nothing? Really? I don’t mind the fighters who taken a person down and goes for submission and strikes they are doing something. But taking a person down and laying on them.. should get points taken away.

    Another example why ufc favors money. Jones.. if it anyone else.. i mean ANYONE ELSE. They will never get the same treatment prob get fired or banned. Since jones make the money.. little penalty happen to him. I wonder about ufc sometimes.. So let me get this straight… Weed and steroid are worst than cocaine? If the penalty is less.. i guess everyone is going to be on coke now. LOL man this sport is a joke.

    • TheCerealKiller

      I don’t go to NBA websites, because I hate basketball.

      • earlsimmons

        ok…..but if you liked basketball and the sport was turning into a joke you wouldnt voice your concern/opinion? He is also right about pride and the ufc bring corrupt when it comes to jones but you offered nothing to counter that. So you post is pointless.

        • TheCerealKiller

          I used to be a basketball fan, it became a joke and I stopped watching. My point is that all he does is bash the UFC, so why does he bother coming here? As for the drug comment, Diaz never got fined for smoking weed outside of competition. That’s just a stupid statement.

          • Drock420

            Diaz never failed an outside of competition drug test, his failed tests were after the fight, or post fight if you will. He’s been suspended for both, now for his last failed test who knows if he will be fined, even though it’s pretty obvious that he will.

          • TheCerealKiller

            He failed at least twice before the Silva fight. They would not license him until he submitted a clean sample due to his two previous post fight fails. He finally submitted a clean sample three days before the fight on his third attempt. He’ll be lucky if they don’t ban him. This last one was a blatant middle finger to the NAC.

  • earlsimmons

    “fighters shall conduct themselves in accordance with commonly accepted standards of decency….” Sooooo let me get this straight. Doing coke and DUI is conducting yourself in accordance with commonly standards of decency? Fighters have been fired for hitting their wife, making rape jokes, and LGBT jokes but DUI and coke are fine. Yes seems perfectly fine not double standards at all….

    • TheCerealKiller

      “commonly accepted standards of decency” I guess you would have to tell us what you think that means. Do you equate smoking a joint to hate crimes and beating your wife? Neither coke or weed are banned substances outside of competition and the UFC is not in the business of law enforcement. What other laws do you want to suspend fighters over? Jaywalking, not coming to a complete stop, tearing the tags off of mattresses? Most “common” people don’t care if someone gets high on their time a few times a year.

      I’m going to go home now and have a drink. If it were New Years, I might smoke a joint with my friends. It’s a commonly accepted behavior.

      • earlsimmons

        Your argument makes no sense and you didnt stay on topic what so ever. You are asking me to tell you what “common accepted standards of decency are” and then you say most “common” people?!?!?! Well why dont you explain what a common person is then? Also i never said anything about people getting high or drinking I was talking about JJ getting away with doing coke and DUI. Is a DUI and coke a common accepted standard of decency? The prob with you lib turds is you never answer the question but throw out straw man arguments when your wrong. Who said anything about jay walking or mattress tags? Stay on topic you liberal and answer the question….is DUI and coke a commonly accepted standard of decency? i say no it is not and he should be fired like others have been for violating this same standard. Your turn.

  • Joe Dog

    Dan Henderson speaks! Anyone listening?

  • Nicolle

    And this is another reason why I am and will always be a fan of Hendo. He speaks his mind, in a reserved and calm way, but he speaks up while the powers that be stayed quiet as church mice, giving Bones high fives for bravely going to rehab for less than 20hrs. The UFC is turning into the WWE w/all the bs “drama” on world media tours, cheerleaders turned “fighters” and keeping all the dopers shielded from consequences…unless Dana doesn’t like you, of course. Then you’re a fighter who’s SOL. It’s sad. No wonder guys like Ben Askren are passing on joining the club. Dana and the boys are running this ship aground and everybody else will go down w/the ship.