Matt Brown has a massive fight in front of him this Saturday at UFC 185, in the form of Johny Hendricks, but recently “The Immortal” was asked to weigh-in on performance enhancing drugs.
Brown recently appeared on “The Shoot“, and the punishing striker was asked for his thoughts on the recent rash of steroid scandals, which have involved big names like Anderson Silva and Hector Lombard. Here is some of what Brown had to say (quotes via MMA Fighting.com):
“My thoughts on the steroid controversy, I’m glad to hear that the UFC is doing things about the steroids,” Brown said. “The No. 1 thing to do is harsher penalties. First offense, five-year ban. Yea, that’s going to sway a lot of guys.”
“It’s going to turn a lot of guys away from doing it,” said Brown. “You’d have to really, really turn yourself around to be able to come back from that. You’d be forgot about and that’s the way it should be. You should be forgotten about.”
Brown alluded to the UFC’s new drug testing policies, which includes more extensive and random testing that will get underway in mid 2015. In addition, UFC officials like Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta have called for harsher penalties, and have recommended first time offenders are suspended for a minimum of two years.
One would think that a five year suspension, like Brown proposed, would certainly curb PED use. After all, missing five years could spell the end of a fighter’s career.
All this aside, it’s going to be fascinating to see what unfolds in Brown-Hendricks. The winner could very well move on to face the winner of Robbie Lawler-Rory MacDonald II on July 11th.
UFC 185 will be hosted by the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. In the main event, lightweight champ Anthony Pettis will take on Rafael dos Anjos.