Roy Nelson: The rate of PED use in UFC is higher than anywhere else
Roy Nelson who is coming off a big KO victory at UFC 146 this past weekend was recently asked about the prevelance of performance enhancing drugs in mixed martial arts. Check out the exchange below:
Stephie Daniels: I recently saw an interesting Twitter exchange between yourself and Victor Conte regarding random drug testing. Can you elaborate a little on your stance on this?
Roy Nelson: My wife is pregnant right now, and throughout my career, I’ve kind of just taken it and taken it and taken it (he was referring to when his opponents used PEDs), because I can always fend for myself and my wife. Now I have a baby on the way, and that’s like taking money from my kid.
I used to think when I’d fight and beat up people that are doing the stuff that they are not supposed to be doing, I just looked at it as a moral victory for myself. It was like, ‘Hey, I just beat that guy, even though he was on the stuff’ or he might have beaten me because he was on the stuff, but now I realize that he’s actually just taking money from me. I think from now on we should just do random drug tests, because we just did it for this heavyweight card, and it changed the whole landscape of it.
SD: You mentioned many of the athletes are on “the stuff”, and it’s clear that means PEDs. What percentage of the roster would you say are using?
RN: Before, I used to say 50/50, but that number is way higher now, of people I know personally. If I went through the people that I’ve personally fought in my career, that number would probably be 60-70%.
Stephie Daniels: You’ve fought in several different organizations in your career. Would you say that the rate of use is higher in the UFC or outside the UFC?
Roy Nelson: Higher in the UFC. When you have more money, you can spend more money on these things. Drugs are an expensive luxury.
Source: Bloody Elbow