Tim Kennedy: “60-70%” Of UFC Fighters Use Banned Substances

0

UFC Middleweight Tim Kennedy told ESPN.com this week that he believes 60%-70% of all UFC fighters are using banned performance-enhancing drugs and treatments. On one hand, he’s proud that UFC is starting to take the matter seriously. UFC is now paying for athletic commissions to randomly test fighters. That said, he still doesn’t think enough is being done to to catch offenders.

Kennedy is insisting on random drug testing before his upcoming fight against Yoel Romero at UFC 178 on September 27th from Las Vegas.

“Whatever it takes to ensure we are moving toward having a clean sport, which we are nowhere near right now,” Kennedy said. “Something has to change.”

Kennedy is so adamant that he says he’s willing to pay for half of the cost of random testing he and Romero leading up to the fight.

Over the past six months, Vitor Belfort, Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen, all Middleweights in Kennedy’s division, have had issues with drug testing. Sonnen failed two separate random drug tests this year, was booted from UFC and now faces up to $250,000 in fines. Belfort also failed a test this year, his second in the state of Nevada.  Wanderlei Silva fled the scene when the NSAC tried randomly testing him earlier this year.

“They randomly test three dudes and all three fail. All in my weight class. All dudes I could potentially be fighting. I went from just being vocal about drug use, to saying to myself, ‘I have to make a stand about this.'”

LATEST NEWS

Mike Goldberg Explains Story Behind Sitting In The Crowd At UFC Fight Night 103

After wrapping up his nearly 20-year career with the Ultimate Fighting Championship at the UFC 207: Rousey vs. Nunes pay-per-view this past December, longtime...
video

Video: UFC 209: Inside The Octagon Breakdown For Woodley-Thompson 2

Ahead of next Saturday's UFC 209 pay-per-view in Las Vegas, Nevada, headliners Tyron Woodley and Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson are the focus of the first...

Updated UFC 209 Odds: Wonderboy, Nurmagomedov Growing As Betting Favorites

UFC has released betting odds for three of the top fights scheduled for next weekend's UFC 209 pay-per-view, including the two title fight main...
Rory MacDonald Paul Daleyvideo

Rory MacDonald’s Bellator 173 Media Scrum: ‘Me & Paul Daley Were Definitely Meeting Sooner...

Rory MacDonald isn't surprised that he's going head-to-head with Paul Daley. "Red King" is set to meet "Semtex" at Bellator 179 inside the SSE Arena,...
Lorenz Larkin

Scott Coker: ‘I Feel Good About How Negotiations Are Going With Lorenz Larkin’

It looks like Bellator is still pursuing Lorenz Larkin after all. Last month, a report claimed Bellator was placing a bid on Ryan Bader, but...