Former doping specialist turned anti-doping crusader Victor Conte has a potentially sobering view of mixed martial arts.
During a recent appearance on UFC broadcaster Joe Rogan's popular podcast, "The Joe Rogan Experience," Conte said he estimates around half of all current MMA fighters are using some type of performance-enhancing drug.
"From total of all performance-enhancing drugs, it's in the neighborhood of 50 percent," Conte told Rogan.
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The question is, on the heels of all the recent failed drug tests, will more UFC stars follow suit? What do Mark Bocek and former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre have in common? Aside from both being Canadian mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters training out of TriStar gym, they both walked away from the fight game thanks to the never-ending issue of performance enhance drugs (PED). Despite winning his last contest against Mike De La Torre at The Ultimat read news >>
The 2014 MMA calendar is 50 percent completed, so it is time to look back at the highlights of the past six months. Many outstanding performances have already gone down inside and outside the Octagon. From Ronda Rousey's first knockout win against Sara McMann to TJ Dillashaw's surprise victory over Renan Barao, MMA fans have been treated to some memorable showings. On Saturday, UFC 175 will kick off the back end of 2014 with a bang. Rousey will attempt to earn an even more impressive victory aga read news >>
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The 2013 World MMA Awards, the sixth installment of Fighters Only’s annual industry honors, were revealed Friday, and some familiar names took home top honors.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC Tagged: Alexander Gustafsson, Chris Weidman, Jon Jones, Ronda Rousey, (...) read news >>
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Most fighters care about earning the respect of the MMA community. Interim UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao apparently isn't one of them. read news >>
If there is an expert that deals in performance enhancing drugs that could provide valuable advice and insight to the sport of mixed martial arts, UFC President Dana White said emphatically on Thursday that's it's not former BALCO head Victor Conte. read news >>
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The MMA Clinic/Warrior Promotions - a company that promotes shows, represents fighters and operates training facilities - is getting even bigger.
Cage Warriors Fighting Championship CEO Graham Boylan today told MMAjunkie.com the group has acquired the U.S.-based Fiore MMA.
As part of the deal, the upstart training facility will be part of MMA Clinic Gyms, and Warrior Promotions Fighter Management will take over its client list. Marc Fiore will remain with the company as a full-time trainer read news >>
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The UFC has been waiting. Fighters have been waiting. Fans have been waiting. But still there is no MMA in New York. UFC boss Dana White continues his assertion that it is the Culinary Union's beef with his partners that is the hold up. Read More >> read news >>
Several UFC stars give their predictions for the upcoming UFC 177 main event title fight between T.J. Dillashaw and Renan Barao. UFC 177 is upon us, and it will be headlined by a bantamweight title fight between T.J. Dillashaw and Renan Barao. The pair just fought three months ago, in a bout thoroughly dominated by the Team Alpha Male product. Although somewhat surprisingly, the betting odds have them almost even. Odds makers may have Dillashaw at just -140, but do actual fighters agree? I asked read news >>
With so many moving parts in play, luck can have a huge role in the success or failure of a mixed martial arts fighter. Think about all the things that have to line up. You have to avoid injuries. You need to link up with the right training camp. You need favorable opponents. You need a functional promotion. You need good management. You need to stay strong against distractions and diversions. And this is to say nothing about the, you know, actual fight. Here are five fighters who, for some comb read news >>
If success in MMA hinges greatly on hard work and dedication, it seems almost farcical to assume that good fortune plays a major role in the outcome of any high-profile fight. But for some, like the fighters on this countdown, their careers were made or salvaged because of providential breaks. In the most opportunistic instances, these fighters enjoyed lopsided matchups, benefited from favorable calls from judges or referees or received forgiveness for typically unforgivable offenses. Here's a g read news >>