So I have been looking into it a bit because I was curious, USADA were brought in in Summer 2015, with the UFC having talks about signing a WADA code in Aug 2014 ,https://www.mmafight...9/the-blueprint, so the UFC fighters would have been aware in 2014 that it was coming. There is a very large amount of top fighters who became a shadow of themselves since 2014/15 that have not actually been popped for PED's. My guess is when they heard of the anti drug policy coming in they stopped taking PED's which in turn turned them into the average fighters they are today.
Johny Hendricks - Hendricks was 16-2 mid 2014, Never missed weight, was never KO'd. Is 2-6 since the First Lawler fight and since UFC first spoke about an Anti Drug Policy in Aug of 2014. He has also missed wieght in 3 of those losses and been KO'd 3 times.
Benson Henderson - Henderson was 21-3 before news of UFC signing a WADA code was announced. His 3 losses being a decision and 2 submissions. Since News of an Anti Drug Policy Benson Henderson has gone 3-5 and lost 2 fights in the mighty Bellator looking a complete shadow of his UFC champion days.
Jose Aldo - This one may trigger some people, but the facts are simple. Aldo was 25-1 until 2015. He was the greatest Featherweight of all time without a doubt. Losing only once to a submission at lightweight. Since 2015, Aldo is 1-3 being KO'd 3 times with his one win being a decent performance against Frankie Edgar. Aldo does not even look like the same fighter and will more than likely never be in a title picture again. Do you believe this is USADA or a coincidence that he fought 2 fighters like McGregor and Holloway who were just better than he?
Travis Browne - Another maybe one, but the dates fit. Travis was 17-2 before 2015 when USADA was introduced. Beating the likes of Overreem and Barnett, both of which have Popped for PED's since. Travis has gone 1-5 since USADA came in with his one win coming against soon to be Bellator fighter Matt Mitrione. Travis again looks nothing like he did before 2015, maybe Ronda's fine **** , as Lewis would say, had its part to play in his decline, but the dates do add up to a downfall from coming off PED's
Anthony Pettis - Now this one I am fairly certain off. Pettis was 18-2 losing only 2 decision fights and looking unstoppable. 2015 comes around.... Pettis is 2-5 since and has been KO'd on 2 occasions with his 2 only wins coming against currently non ranked opponents. Pettis looks nothing like the unstoppable force he once was and seems destined for Bellator or retirement.
Renan Barao - Another certain one. Barao was an outstanding 32-1 before rumors of an Anti drug policy was coming to the UFC in 2014. His 1 and single loss being his first fight and a decision. Barao was quite easily the greatest Bantamweight at the time beating the likes of Faber twice and Brad Pickett in their primes. Since..... Barao has gone 2-5 being KO'd twice and losing to unranked fighters like Kelleher.
Chris Weidman - Now this one will piss a lot of people off, but just keep an open mind. Weidman was 13-0 before USADA was introduced in summer 2015. He looked unstoppable and annihilated the likes of Maia, Silva twice and Belfort along with 6 performance of the night bonus. Since USADA has come in, Weidman is 1-3 with his only win being against the old man killer himself Gastelum. Weidman has been KO'd twice, 3 times if you count him taking a knee vs Mousasi. He has failed to get a single Performance Bonus since USADA and looks completely different. His chin does not look the same, being Knocked Down in all of his fights since USADA came in including against Gastelum.
There are more than likely a lot of fighters I have missed, whom I cannot just think of at this moment, but I do believe that all of the above fighters were on PED's and their downfalls since 2014, the Rumors of Anti Doping Policy in the UFC, or since 2015 when USADA was officially announced are not a coincidence.
What are your thoughts on the list? Would you add anyone? Or would you disagree with some or all of the above? I know the Weidman fans will come out in force, but I 100% believe he was juiced and his record and change in body coincide with the above time frame.