Originally Posted by Haggis McJackass
You know how many people put an asterix on Sonnen's performance in Anderson 1 because he failed a drugs test afterwards?
The PRIDE guys have the same asterix in their PRIDE fights. They looked awesome
, far stronger and more explosive than they did under the watch of an athletic commission. On one hand, Wanderlei was a beast. On the other hand - of course
he was. He was a top-level guy who was roided up to the eyeballs.
Of course, the PRIDE guys didn't cheat. They did what their contracts allowed them to do, and fair enough. But if the likes of Overeem and Sonnen get marked down for their test results, then the PRIDE guys have to be viewed under the same lens. Can't have one group of guys free to take whatever drugs they want, a different group of guy's suppliments are strictly controlled, and then judge them both without acknowledging the different standards.
I disagree. If drugs were permitted in Pride, then taking them didn't give you a massive advantage over your opponent since your opponent could take them too. But when Sonnen strolls down to the cage with a 16.9:1 testosterone ratio he clearly has taken a massive advantage over an opponent who is clean as a whistle. That's just logic.