The UFC took the sport’s world by storm earlier this year when it announced that it would enter in a partnership with the United States Anti-Doping Agency. The move, as they saw it, would help clean up a sport long riddled with PED users.
Praise for the move came by the truckload. Finally recognizing what problems surrounded their sport, the UFC marched toward change — and plenty involved felt it was the right move.
Just about three months into this new chapter on drug testing in the UFC, and at least one person is still unimpressed.
“On the testing thing with PED’s, I think we are still in the same spot as we were before,” Roy Nelson said to FOX Sports. “We’re talking about it more but I think we’re in the same boat as we were before. I think it’s like the war on drugs, but they’re still being flown in.”
Nelson is a few days away from showcasing his talents at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan. There, he faces top-10 UFC heavyweight Josh Barnett — a fighter who, despite passing every drug test administered within the last five years, has a history with performance-enhancing drugs.
That said, “Big Country’s” not one to complain about the drug testing one way or the other. As he sees it, he doesn’t see the point in rocking the boat after all these years.
“You just kind of go with the flow. Drugs are bad. That’s what I’m going with now. That’s what they say to say now, so that’s what I’m going with,” Nelson said. “Before it was ‘drugs, just don’t talk about them’ so I’m just going with the flow.
“I’ve gone in fights where I know the guy is on stuff so it doesn’t really matter anyways. It’s just one of those things. As long as the fans know what kind of a person this is, that’s all that matters.”