Former UFC Lightweight, Mark Bocek has said that the UFC might be against random drugs tests, because they interfere with the recovery process.
The 32 year old retired just last week but since then, his stance on performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) has been made especially clear and that they played a part in his retirement.
After beating Mike de la Torre back in April, Bocek went on a sabbatical, before revealing that his time cagefighting was over - despite having fights left on his contract.
PEDs used for recovery
Speaking to Sherdog.com he said that random drugs tests, while good, the UFC are less likely to be supportive of them because they don't get to cash in on pay-per-view money from those fights.
It appears to me like UFC is kind of against drug testing because if we use any of these VADA voluntary doping tests or clinics, these results come out before actual fights, so you don’t get to cash in your pay-per-view money. If we stick with the laxed commission testing, all those results come out after the event, so just in my opinion, I don’t really think they are for testing,” Bocek said.
“But yeah, it looks like most people are on drugs and the more successful you are, the more money you have. The more money you have, you get targeted by guys like Victor Conte or some chemist and they’ll come up with a drug you can’t test for or is undetectable because you have the money for those things.” He elaborated.
This comes off the back off further comments made earlier in the week by Bocek, where he said how nowadays that because nearly every fighter is on PEDS, you have to be on PEDs or you're going to lose.
“I think it’s worse than people realize,” Bocek said. “I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the way things are going, you kind of deserve to lose if you’re not on PEDs nowadays. I used to think of it as cheating, but you can’t call it cheating when everyone is doing it. You go in there and lose to someone on PEDs, it’s like, what did you expect? Did you think you were going to knock out some guy on PEDs in the highest MMA league in the world? People get away with cheating in the Olympics, which has much stricter testing than in the UFC, so you can imagine what people get away with in the UFC."
Will more clean fighters be forced out?
Bocek retired in part because he was so against PEDs and facing opponents on them, especially those higher up who can afford better and more drugs and he wasn't the first to do so.
Georges St-Pierre retired with his worries over the standard of testing meaning that steroid using fighters were getting to the top more and more and he didn't want to face people who had such an advantage.
They've lost one of the greatest of all time to worries over testing and lower fighters like Bocek, who are determined to keep themselves clean may have their hands forced towards PEDs or retirement, so as not to put their lives further at risk.
The UFC and drug testing drama train carries on and with how prevalent fighters say it is, it can't be long before one of their champions, current or new, get busted for failing tests and that's when the UFC will truly suffer.