Yahoo Sports: Ronda Rousey Says Drop the Hammer on PEDs Users

February 11, 2015
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This story was written by Kevin Iole and featured at official content partner, Yahoo Sports.

Whether they do it to make themselves bigger, faster or stronger, or simply to help training injuries heal, far too many of the world’s best fighters take the easy way out.

Performance-enhancing drug usage is pervasive in MMA. If it seems like there is a flood of positive tests, consider what it might be like if all state athletic commissions implemented random, unannounced testing.

The sheer number of cheaters who would be caught would dwarf anything that is going on now.

UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has been an outspoken critic of PED use by fighters. She has long been a fan of legendary former middleweight champion Anderson Silva and said the news that he’d tested positive for two anabolic steroids hit her hard.

“I was heartbroken to hear that,” Rousey told Yahoo Sports. “I wanted to cry.”

> SEE ALSO: Anderson Silva Breaks Silence on Testing Positive for Steroids

Rousey, a two-time U.S. Olympian and a bronze medalist in judo at the 2008 Games in Beijing, has long been outspoken in favor of stricter testing of MMA fighters.

Anderson SilvaShe told Yahoo Sports that she believes that the first time a fighter tests positive for a performance-enhancing drug, he or she should not only be banned for one year, but also should forfeit 100 percent of his or her purse to the opponent.

A second positive test, she said, should result in a lifetime ban.

“People need to realize that is a weapon and they’re bringing a weapon into the cage and they’re making our sport unsafe,” said Rousey, who is scheduled to fight Cat Zingano at UFC 184 on Feb. 28. “The day that a person dies in that Octagon and the person who killed them tests positive for performance-enhancing drugs, we’re going to have our first homicide case. It’s going to destroy the whole sport.

“Do you think that one little pay-per-view getting a couple of extra views is worth that? No, it’s not [expletive] worth it. I think there needs to be as strict of drug testing as there is for the Olympics, maybe even harder.”

There are myriad legal issues that need to resolved before the sport’s major promoters, the UFC and Bellator, can implement their own year-round testing programs. Unfortunately, most state athletic commissions don’t have the budget to test randomly the way it is needed.

Though many fighters are being caught by Nevada, California and a few other states that are trying, many others get away with it. The fighters have to know by now that once they’re in camp, they’re likely to be tested if they’re fighting in Nevada.

And whenever you know you’re going to be tested, even if you don’t know the specific day, you can plan for it. Thus, it’s not uncommon for a fighter turned cheater to take PEDs after a bout to accelerate the healing process and improve his or her capabilities before heading into the next camp.

Then, the fighter can cycle off as camp starts and can pass a drug screen even though…

  • someguy

    Oh Rodna, it must be lovely up there on your high horse.

    • Bob


  • Wrist slaps aren’t going to get rid of PED’s in MMA or any other sport for that matter. Hate or love Rhonda, she’s right! You gotta bring down the ban hammer and clean up this sport ASAP or risk losing the casual fans which bring in the big bucks.

  • Wow, for once something not so ignorant and self centered came out of this woman, and for once I agree with her….

  • Ira Weinberg

    First time this schmuck ever said something that makes sense

  • dandogood

    Rhonda is the face of the UFC so listen to her. Obviously Rousey is a super star who fans tune in to watch. Not many like that.

    • Actually thats what Dana white tries todo and shove her image into our faces so ppl can like her. I personally cant stand the woman….but she is good at what she does….never paid a PPV event with her and never will…….

  • Collideoverme

    I agree. 2nd offence, you should be done. For good.

  • SixToedPete

    The fact that several MMA fighters recently failed drug tests (except Cung Le who in fact DID NOT fail his test) reveals that, even in its limited capacity, the system is working somewhat. I agree more stringent, thorough drug testing is needed. Cris Cyborg has passed all her drug tests save one. Hopefully when Cris Cyborg passes more rigorous testing in the future, Ronda will stop making lame excuses to fight her at 145 lbs. Where are Rousey’s vile, nasty and profane criticisms about Anderson Silva, Jon Fitch, Hector Lombard, Chael Sonnen, Royce Gracie and others? She’s a hypocrite.

  • dandogood

    Rousey is a super Star and the face of the UFC and is a huge mega star much bigger than than an MMA fighter. Rousey is a professional model and makes TV commercials and makes movies and also occasionally fights for the UFC. Once Rousey goes away the woman are finished. Because the other woman in the UFC do not look like woman.

  • Bob

    RR is a Beast

  • John Youwer

    STFU RR, Nobody cares what you think. Go take a shower stinky

    • Chris Kennedy

      I’m sure 50 Shades Of Gray is playing near by, you might like that more..

  • dandogood

    Rhonda looks feminine but most of the others posing as females in the UFC look like men. Even Meisha big Nose tate has tons of make up on.

    • Nate “THE CHEAT” Marquardt

      Meisha Tate has an abnormally large head. She also has monster sized feet which is not very feminine. They say women with large feet have excess male hormones. She wrestled in high school over 10 years ago at 158 lbs. I give her credit as she is a master weight cutter and is able to put on a good 20- 25 lbs by fight time and keep her cardio

  • SixToedPete

    Women and men both produce testosterone naturally. Obviously more in men but women do naturally produce significant amounts of testosterone. I support very strict testing to help eradicate PEDs from MMA. Cris Cyborg passed all her drug tests except one and was severely punished for that failure. It appears you agree that Cyborg is PED-free. I hope MMA officials institute even more stringent testing. After Cris passes those required tests I hope Ronda Rousey stops spewing hateful, vile excuses and just agrees to fight Cris at 145 lbs. Of course Ronda has to defeat Cat Zingano first but I believe Rousey will be heavily favored to do that.

    • Nate “THE CHEAT” Marquardt

      Wow I am impressed someone could pass a steroid test when they know the date and time a year in advance. If Cyborg was ever randomly tested back in her Strikeforce days with a REAL carbon isotope (BLOOD) test done at UCLA medicine she would have failed a hundred times over. Her pictures back then compared to now is OBVIOUS night and day. Cyborg is and always will be remembered for being a liar, FRAUD, steroid freak cheater who needed to transform herself into a man to fight women

  • SixToedPete

    What you “think” about that issue carries zero weight. You have no proof, no solid evidence to make such an outrageous claim. It is 100% speculation with no basis in fact. By using the term “think” all you have done is turn your lie into your “opinion”. It’s laughably absurd.

    You have also misrepresented that “European study”. The studies you reference do not show what you claim. The studies were done on mice and the “gains” lasted three months, not ten years. Nothing in those studies proves similar effects in humans. In fact the researchers make it clear they have not proved (or even studied) such effects on humans. One researcher admits the “ten year span” is only his guess. When questioned about it he replied: “… but I don’t have the data to back that up. It would be my speculation…”. The scientist’s ridiculous speculations prove only that he will say almost anything to get media coverage and more grant money so he can spend more time in his lab playing with mice.

    • Nate “THE CHEAT” Marquardt

      Cyborg is an always will be the biggest disgrace of any woman is any sport. What kind of woman could inject male hormones and turn herself into what basically is a man and then go into a cage to beat up NORMAL women.

      What Cyborg did is no better than domestic violence on REAL natural women.

      Looking at the most recent pictures of Cyborg more than proves she (IT) was nothing but a ROIDED UP manbeast ( C H E A T )

      • SixToedPete


  • Theo Paine

    Rhonda/Cyborg’s situation almost parallels FM/PacMan in the sense that FM can’t seal his legacy & honestly claim he is TBE until he stops making ‘excuses’, fight & defeat PacMan. The same goes for Rhonda. For her to seal her legacy as the ‘greatest’ Female MMA of all time, she has to stop making excuses, stop demonizing Cyborg (who has been cleaned in recent years & is being tested for her Feb fight against Charmaine Tweet) & fight & defeat Cyborg at featherweight or a catchweight. By her refusing to fight Cyborg (@ 145 , Rhonda’s walkaround weight is around 150) it gives the similar appearance it gives FM – ie…that she is scared of her potential opponent. FM & Rhousey needs to bring the ‘excuses’ to a halt, give the fans the fight they really want to see & potentially cement their legacy in the process.

  • Collideoverme

    I think to be fair. Yes. Everyone at the time of announcing it should have a clean slate. Let it be known from that day…1st offence, 1 year. 2nd offence, lifetime ban.