A lot of fighters have publicly stated that performance enhancing drugs are a big problem in MMA, and according to Paige VanZant, PEDs could be an issue in the strawweight division as well.
VanZant will take on Alex Chambers this Saturday at UFC 191, in what will be the strawweight’s third Octagon bout. “12 Gauge” attended a media luncheon recently in Los Angeles, and VanZant was asked to weigh-in on the UFC’s new and more stringent PED policies. Here is some of what VanZant had to say (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“I will say some of the girls in my weight class have very masculine physiques, and I don’t know if you can get those naturally,” VanZant said. “I’m not a nutritionist, though, so I don’t really know. But I am happy that USADA is here and implementing the drug-testing policy.”
“I think about those things, but also the whole thing doesn’t affect me, so I just look at whoever my opponent is,” VanZant added, while discussing the issues of PEDs. “If the strawweight division changes, it doesn’t matter as long as I keep continuing to win fights. Whatever my other opponents do, it has no affect on me.”
Of course, VanZant’s comments shouldn’t really come as a surprise, as some athletes will look for an advantage, regardless of their sport and or size. That said, with the USADA managing the UFC’s random drug tests, and now that much stricter punishments will be handed down, one would think less fighters are going to take this risk. But you never know. It’s going to be interesting to see how it all plays out over the coming months.
This aside, VanZant (5-1) will be looking for her fourth straight win on Saturday, when she throws down with Chambers. VanZant is coming off victories over Kailin Curran and Felice Herrig in the Octagon. Chambers (5-2), meanwhile, tapped out Curran in her last outing, after being submitted by Aisling Daly.
UFC 191 will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. In the main event flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson will take on John Dodson. The two fought before in 2013 and Johnson won the fight via unanimous decision.