Much like his countryman Lyoto Machida, UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo doesn't seem to have much of an issue fighting PED users.
Speaking with Combate, Aldo explains that while he recognizes the downside of performance enhancing drugs in fighting, he can certainly see where exceptions could be made.
"From a sportive standpoint, we try to look it with good eyes," said Aldo. "I don't see any problems. If you have problems, you need to take more things because the doctor prescribed, that's fine. Nobody stays young forever. However, if you try to take advantage with that, then I think it's unfair with those who fight clean.
"But if you test in every sport, only a few would test clean, 100 percent healthy, that only train and eat rice and beans. That doesn't exist. If you go see the Olympics, several athletes said they were using something and there was no campaign (to stop it) until they retire."
Aldo doesn't believe he's fought a PED user in his career, but he says he wouldn't hold it against them, either.
"It's bad for the sport in one side, and I don't see problems with that on the other side," Aldo said of PEDs. "I never doubted anyone who fought me, I only think about me, in my training and doing my best in there. If the fighter is on something or not, I don't see any problems.
"I won't crucify the guy because he's juiced or not. It doesn't change anything for me. What interferes for me is my training, my team, doing my best and winning the fight. the same punch I threw on the clean fighter, I drew on the juiced fighter."
Set to face No. 1 contender Conor McGregor July 11 at UFC 189 in Las Vegas, Nevada, Aldo says he's starting to embrace being more vocal.
"I starting to like this," Aldo said of stepping up the talk. "We have to talk a little trash to sell fights, talk more, because we know we will profit more from that. It's important. It's great for me, for [McGregor] and the UFC that this fight happens because of the money.
"Everybody wins. But if you talk about rankings, I don't think he deserves because they create the rankings for that. But those rankings never meant s**t anyway, nobody f***ing follows it, so that's great for me because of the money."
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This Week in Struggle.
Nothin will give you a case of the mondays like having to pick your mom up from jail first thing in morning.....— DaMarques Johnson (@DaMarques_UFC) February 23, 2015
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Inhaled so many fumes cleaning the mold out of the shower. Prob just killed more brain cells than last three fights put together— Peggy Morgan (@peggymorganmma) February 23, 2015
I'm not hungry but I have to eat... But when I do eat I immediately becoming a starving Ethiopian child. #TheStruggle @TheMeleeWay— James Krause (@TheJamesKrause) February 26, 2015
I find my eyes wondering at the breakfast buffet like Tiger Woods at the AVN Awards. Like which one of you is going to get it on Saturday.— James Krause (@TheJamesKrause) February 26, 2015
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Announced yesterday (Feb. 26 2015)
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FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via tigerlee.
The Outsiders: The Female Divisions
While most of the best talent is under the UFC banner and Bellator and WSOF have seemed scooped up the rest, there is still plenty of talent yet to be signed by the top promotions of the MMA food chain. These are not necessarily 'free agents' or even prospects, they are top 15-30 ranked fighters who are navigating the nebulous seas of regional and international fight promotion for whatever reason. Yet these are names you are most likely to see signed by top promotions in the near future more so than any of the other 'Outsider' posts; most are young, they are all prospects, and the promotions will have ample room and turnover for roster additions.
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