Sadly the allegations of drug use in the mixed martial arts community continues. UFC heavyweight Cheick Kongo talks PED use in the sport during a recent interview with Riddum.com. Kongo explains that he believes 50% of the athletes in the sport use PEDs for an advantage over their opponent because of the ongoing pressure to succeed in the business. Kongo says that he himself sees it as cheating and does not need PEDs to succeed. Here is the original interview..
Riddum.com: What can you tell us about your UFC 120 opponent Travis Browne? What are his strengths?
Cheick Kongo: His strengths are his boxing and his BJJ. He came to the UFC without any major flaws. He is the type of opponent that has everything to win by beating me. It will be my job to push him beyond his own boundaries and to stand in his way.
Riddum.com: You certainly did not miss the steroid allegations surrounding Chael Sonnen that came under the spotlight these past few weeks. Dennis Hallman stated that at least 50% of MMA fighters take PEDs. Nate Diaz also said that everybody was on steroids, you should be surprised when somebody DOES NOT test positive rather than be surprised when someone DOES test positive. Is it safe to assume that a lot of MMA fighters take steroids to give themselves an edge?
CK: 50%, if not more … What can I say, other than we need to stay away from all of that. It’s not easy to put things into perspective, especially if you believe that you have a disadvantage from the get go. For some athletes, it’s hard to hold up physically and mentally- the pressure, the obligation to stay on top – everything pushes you to take steroids. For me, PEDs aren’t the solution. Taking PEDs jeopardizes your health and it’s cheating. I am a fighter; I owe my victories to my hard work, my training, the fact that I push myself beyond the limit, the sacrifices I make to a life almost entirely dedicated to sports. Nothing else. Stay away from the needles. You can succeed without them.