Of Michael Bisping's last four losses in pro MMA, three of those opponents have made headlines for the wrong reasons this year. Two of those three (Vitor Belfort and Chael Sonnen) have failed random drug tests and one (Wanderlei Silva) has simply refused to undergo one.
Speaking out on the matter, Bisping feels this new wave of cracking down on PEDs in MMA will show just how deep the rabbit hole goes.
“They weren’t clean,” Bisping said. “We all know they weren’t f***ing clean. They’ve only just started doing blood tests. People have been taking [human] growth hormone and EPO and all kinds of s**t for years. A urine sample will only show certain things, and people know when to come off stuff. It’s an IQ test. The blood test they do now will catch more people because they’re testing for more things, but they didn’t do that before.”
A random test administered in February by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) showed Belfort tested positive for elevated testosterone. Having since come off testosterone replacement therapy, (TRT) after it was banned by the NSAC, many are expecting to see a not-so-prime Vitor when he competes next (against Chris Weidman at UFC 181) - and Bisping is one of those people.
“Vitor is not going to be the same,” Bisping said. “You can already see it. His physique looks remarkably different already. Of course, since this all kicked off in when he got tested, he’s obviously been clean since then, and that was six, seven months ago and you can see the difference. It’s going to be very interesting when you see Vitor at the weigh-in and you see his physique compared to the last few times he’s fought and the guy looked like he was in a bodybuilding contest.”
Chael Sonnen recently had his employment with both the UFC and FOX terminated after he failed two separate tests and was subsequently suspended for two years by the NSAC.
Although he has a good relationship with Sonnen, having worked with him previously as an analyst on FOX Sports' UFC Tonight, Michael still hopes Chael's punishment will have a positive influence on future athletes and the sport in general.
“I don’t want to kick Chael while he’s down,” explained Bisping. “I like Chael, but he’s paying the price and hopefully it sets an example to the younger fighters and they see the error of his ways and learn. If you can’t do this sport without taking steroids, go do something else.”
The British MMA veteran has long been proud to say he is one of the clean competitors in mixed martial arts and will look to make a positive statement on behalf of clean fighters everywhere when he faces Cung Le at UFC Fight Night 48 on August 23rd.
“I’ve never done anything in my entire life,” Bisping said in his interview with MMAjunkie. “Today I was the first one to the gym. I was f***ing kicking pads while people were just chatting away about what they had for dinner last night. Now the next class is halfway through and I’ve only just f***ing finished. I do it the hard way and I work my f***ing **** off."