At the same time, "The Prodigy" is sad that it came at the expense of his friend Chael Sonnen's two failed drug tests.

On the heels of the news that Chael Sonnen had failed a second consecutive drug test, B.J. Penn had a smile on his face.

No, "The Prodigy" isn't elated that "The American Gangster" got caught -- they're actually good friends -- but because athletic commissions are now testing for human growth hormone (HGH) and erythropoietin (EPO); the two banned substances Sonnen tested positive for back on June 5, 2014.

For Penn -- who takes on Frankie Edgar on July 6, 2014 at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 19 Finale -- this is a long time coming, as he has often suspected that steroids weren't the only drug of choice for fighters competing in mixed martial arts (MMA).

Penn spoke about it during the recent UFC 175/TUF 19 teleconference (audio replay).

Check it out:

"I am really excited that they can test for the HGH and the EPO. I've always suspected that people were doing those things and not just a steroid. So it's very exciting and very gratifying to finally see that the playing field is...people are going to start thinking twice about what they put in their bodies and the playing field will be much more equal. And that's just huge."

As for Sonnen's recent positive results, "Baby J" says it's hard to see his buddy go through this ordeal, but says at the end of the day, it's all about making the sport safer and better.

He explains:

"Chael Sonnen is actually a personal buddy of mine, and it's sad to see what Chael Sonnen is going through. But if you want to talk about the future of the sport, the safety of the fighters, I've always spoke out against it. I'm so excited now that they can get the HGH and the EPO. That's just, that put a smile on my face."

After initially failing a drug test for having Anastrozole and Clomiphene in his system prior to his proposed bout against Vitor Belfort at UFC 175, Sonnen decided it was time to call it a career.

Penn, meanwhile, was never shy when it came to voicing his opinion on fighters who he thought weren't exactly playing fair, namely former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.

For the record, "Rush" never failed a drug test and was actually leading the crusade for stiffer testing prior to his departure.

Looks like it worked.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

James Vick: The World is Not Enough

  • 23 days ago
  • 1 views

It doesn’t take much to get James Vick excited to fight, but when you throw in world travel and guaranteed adventure, he gets flat out fired up. And while that description may sound like the calling read news >>

GSP refused to return at UFC 186 because new drug testing program not yet in place

  • 25 days ago
  • 21 views

The former UFC welterweight champion says, as long as the new anti-doping program is not in place, he doesn't want to come back. read news >>

Lorenzo Fertitta: 'Majority of athletes that we've spoken to are excited' about Reebok numbers

  • 22 days ago
  • 19 views

UFC brass explains how the compensation numbers of their huge sponsorship deal came about, reveals more details. Five months ago, the UFC announced a groundbreaking sponsorship deal with sports appar read news >>

Jake Shields excited to face 'dirty sociopath' Rousimar Palhares at WSOF 22

  • 27 days ago
  • 25 views

Jake Shields sounds off on World Series of Fighting champion, and future opponent Rousimar Palhares ahead of their title clash at WSOF 22. Former Strikeforce champion and UFC title challenger Jake Sh read news >>

The Prodigy! Former two-division UFC champion BJ Penn to be inducted into Hall of Fame

  • 6 days ago
  • 1 views

Ultimate Fighting Championship's (UFC) 2015 Hall of Fame (HOF) inductees list continued to grow tonight (Sat., May 23, 2015) during the FOX Sports 1 UFC 187 "Prelims," as former two division champion read news >>

After drug-testing jab, Josh Barnett says Roy Nelson taking 'gravy injections'

  • 15 days ago
  • 43 views

Let the Twitter games begin. Roy Nelson trotted out an old routine today, implying with a nudge and a wink that upcoming opponent Josh Barnett is a user of performance-enhancing drugs.Filed under: Ne read news >>

NSAC overhauls drug testing policy, implements multiyear suspensions for steroid users

  • 14 days ago
  • 7 views

Consider the hammer dropped. Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) today (Fri., May 15, 2015) announced a new-and-improved drug testing policy, one that is designed to deter -- and severely punish read news >>

Travis Browne not a fan of new NSAC drug testing policy or people 'whining' about UFC-Reebok deal

  • 10 days ago
  • 2 views

Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) recently overhauled its drug testing policy and is now poised to bench athletes who use performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) for up to three years for their firs read news >>

Roy Jones: A win over Manny Pacquiao would not make Floyd Mayweather the best ever

  • 27 days ago
  • 27 views

Roy Jones Jr. is excited for the highly anticipated boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. He just doesn't think a win over Mayweather would elevate his legacy all that much. Jones read news >>

After Kendall Grove's PED accusations, Brandon Halsey clean in out-of-competition testing

  • 17 days ago
  • 4 views

Kendall Grove thinks Brandon Halsey is "juiced up," but a drug test tells a different story. Both Grove and Halsey came back clean in out-of-competition drug testing done by the California State Athl read news >>