Khabib Nurmagamedov Has Jokingly Asked Dana White to Legalize Steroids… Would This Actually Solve a Lot of Problems, Or is it the Worst Idea Since Laura Dern in Star Wars?

Jon Jones made headlines again for all the wrong reasons this week. Even though it is apparently not his fault that traces of Turinabol are still being found in his test samples – two years after he was first banned for the blacklisted substance – it’s still his fault that he was popping PEDs in the first place.

When you look at the legacies of many fighters, it’s stunning the number of big names who have tested positive for banned substances in their careers – or else, suffered alarming declines after the UFC partnered with USADA. The likes of Anderson Silva, Chael Sonnen and Brock Lesnar have all been cited for juicing.

With this in mind, has Khabib Nurmagamedov a point, when he commented on an Instagram post by Dana White, telling the UFC fighter to legalize PED use? We’re not going to question his motives, but imagine what carnage could hypothetically go down…

Screenshot: Instagram.

Crazy?

As you can see from the screenshot above, Khabib Nurmagamedov clearly has some attraction to the idea of legalized doping. Can you imagine a supercharged Khabib on all the steroids in the world? That would be absolutely terrifying. There is something attractive about the idea though. He wrote:

“legalize doping, let’s go @danawhite @UFC.”

We know it’s not going to happen – because no athletic commission in the US would consider clearing it – but imagine, to use Nate Diaz’s words,  a ‘super-fighter’ division, where everybody in it was just juiced to the gills. If they were open about it, then the clean athletes could do their thing, while everyone else just unleashed carnage.

Anderson Silva. Mandatory Credit: USA TODAY Sports.

Tarnished

Think about the number of fighters whose legacies have been tarnished after testing positive. At the end of the day, it is their own fault, even if it is because of a contaminated supplement. As a professional athlete, it’s your responsibility to know what you’re putting into your body.

Jon Jones and Anderson Silva are probably the two biggest names who would be – and still are in the eyes of many – frontrunners for UFC GOAT status. However, can they really cast aside the shadow of failing multiple drug tests? It’s always going to leave an asterisk on the bottom of their records.

Mandatory Credit: USA TODAY Sports.

Monsters

This is where PRIDE did things right. Let’s be real for a moment: half the PRIDE roster was juiced to the 9s because that’s what you could get away with in Japan. KSW is doing something similar in Poland. Martyn Ford and that massive Iranian dude he’s fighting definitely aren’t that muscular without the help of a bit of fairy powder. MMA fans are still intrigued by the idea though. Maybe someone just needs to start a PED promotion in Mexico or Russia and let’s just be open about it.

It’s when you put a PED user against a clean athlete that problems happen. If you’re supposed to be fighting clean then there are just no excuses and the penalties should be consistently harsh. Look at Michael Bisping, who is effectively blind in one eye after fighting Vitor Belfort. This quote from March puts it in perspective when he spoke on his podcast about why he turned down a rematch with the Brazilian:

“People looking at this (podcast) video are probably saying, ‘Look at his eye, he’s a f-cking mess.’ It is part of the reason why I never wanted to do a video podcast before — because my eye is a mess and it was Vitor Belfort that did it and he was ‘roided out of his mind. He’s a known drug cheat. I don’t like the guy. I find him to be a hypocrite. It’s his last fight and he’s probably going to juice like crazy again anyway because who gives a f-ck — ‘Oooh, I failed. So what? Retired. Done. Gone.’”

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