Utimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight contender, Sam Alvey, may not be winning any popularity contests this year from his associates, due to his recent revelation that 90-percent of the program is taking steroids.
The remarks – which he made on the P4P Podcast (through Bloody Elbow) – were incited when talking about Fedor Emelianenko’s magnificent run under the now-old PRIDE FC mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion – was likely supported with the assistance of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs).
While Alvey didn’t outright blame the best heavyweight fighter of roiding, he did say that if that was the situation, then all he was doing was leveling out the playing field, as PRIDE didn’t tests for PEDs.
“Everyone takes them. I think even in today’s UFC most the guys today take them. It was an even playing field even if he (Fedor) was on steroids so was everyone else.”
When asked to give his estimate as to how many fighters on the UFC roster he felt were taking steroids (him excluded, of course) Alvey’s number was alarmingly high.
“I’m saying 90% … Yeah, human beings don’t look like this.”
Of course, unlike PRIDE, UFC is zero tolerance when it comes to PED’s. And after the new-and-improved testing goes into effect on July 1, 2015, Alvey’s astronomically-high percentage will go down.
Which means plenty of fighters that once dominated their respective opponents, will look like a shell of their former selves. This should make for a reality TV show on steroids (pun intended)
But, Alvey says, like in baseball, people will still find a way to cheat:
“Yeah, I do (think people will get busted.)In baseball they make a lot more money so they can pay for the really good drugs. People will always find a way to cheat, it’s just the way they are and they will just pay to get the drug they are not testing for. What’s that red deer antler thing everyone uses in baseball right now? Now they are testing it for it everyone will find some … frog so they get super strong, something they aren’t testing for yet. People always find a way to cheat. You can’t always tell but you can usually tell.”
Time will tell.
When the new testing for illegal anabolic steroids and other PED’s go into effect, that will truly separate the boys from the men.