Yes, you may be sick of hearing about performance enhancing drugs and reading the various responses from fighters, but Brendan Schaub has offered some pretty interesting comments on the subject.
In the latest episode of “The Fighter and the Kid“, which stars Bryan Callen and Schaub, the latter weighed in on the issue of PEDs. The heavyweight fighter has talked about steroids and PEDs in the past, but due what’s unfolded in recent weeks, Schaub appears to be more frustrated than ever with the sport’s current status-quo. Here is some of what the TUF vet had to say (quotes via MMA Fighting.com):
“Listen, I would love to hear an argument for why I shouldn’t do steroids,” Schaub said. “Give me one. Let’s say I take steroids and test positive. Say I’m a young kid [getting to the UFC] and I ask my dad, ‘Dad, why shouldn’t I take steroids?’ Can I say, ‘Well, you’ll never be world champ.’ That’s not true. Anderson Silva’s world champ. ‘Well, you’ll never fight for a title.’ That’s not true…”
“You know what’s infuriating to me? It’s not that I’m not champ,” said Schaub. “It’s not that I’ve lost some fights or won some big fights. It’s more that there’s just no reason everyone shouldn’t take steroids. There’s just not. In the UFC there’s no reason. Someone give me a legit reason why you would tell a young fighter not to take them. I would love to hear a good argument. ‘Well, you’ll get fined $3000 and you’ll have to sit out six months, maybe nine.’ I fight every six months anyway.”
The 31 year-old certainly isn’t alone in the opinion that larger fines and lengthier suspensions should be handed to fighters who test positive for PEDs. The big question is, however, will that change?
Schaub also went on to add that he believed Lavar Johnson was using PEDs before they fought in February, 2013. Johnson was suspended for nine months after the bout, since he tested positive for an elevated testestosterone-to-epitestosterone (T/E) ratio. Schaub won the UFC 157 fight via unanimous decision.
Now, steroid talk aside, Schaub currently isn’t booked for his next fight. “Big Brown” is looking to get back on track after he was decisioned by Andrei Arlovki last June , and then stopped by Travis Browne in December. Prior to the losses Schaub choked out Matt Mitrione in September, 2013.