Anthony Johnson: Either pay us like MLB stars or let us do PEDs

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Newly re-signed UFC light heavyweight Anthony Johnson offered up a unique and potentially controversial take on performance enhancing drugs in MMA in a recent interview.

Anthony Johnson is back in the UFC and will be facing off with Phil Davis at UFC 172. He has been doing the media rounds since the signing and in a recent interview on SiriusXM's Tapout Radio, he offered a very unique take on performance enhancing drugs in MMA that some might consider controversial. Here's what he had to say on the subject (transcribed by MMA Mania):

"In every sport people are using something," he told host Ricky Bones. "I mean, as long as nobody dies, nobody pulls a Chris Benoit, you know what I'm saying? I think everything is going to be fine. If it's something that can absolutely help you, I don't see what the problem is. Until that moment you go crazy on the person -- whoever it may be -- you can't absolutely blame the... I don't know. I guess it's just an iffy situation."

"If you abuse it, of course you are going to get popped for it and do stupid stuff. But if you use it the right way and you just do what you are supposed to do, then it shouldn't be a problem. But with the way the world is right now, hell you can... Everything is all messed up right now. I don't know man. I think if you can do it, do it. I don't have nothing against it. You know what I'm saying? As long as you don't kill nobody."

He also said that everyone's taking something:

"They got to be taking something. You got to take something, even if it's legal or illegal. With as much training as we do, you have to take something. I mean, it doesn't have to be illegal, but you have to do something, because you just can't say ‘I'm going to to home and go to sleep' and just wake up in the morning and feel better. It doesn't work like that."

And he brought the whole thing to a close with a big whopper - that elite money in MMA would mean fighters don't have to do PEDs. But if that isn't going to happen, they should be allowed to do PEDs so they can try to get that elusive big paycheck:

"The one thing that he didn't say is that you got guys like A-Rod and all them. They making millions per game. We making a couple thousand. They look at us and be like, ‘Man that's pocket change for me.' Hell, I'm probably about to say something stupid but I'm about to say, either pay us like them (MLB) and then we won't have to use it, or let us use it so we can get to that level. One or the other... Let us do something."

I'm honestly not sure what to make of all of that. He's right about some things, and it's honest at least. But I doubt it's going to earn him many friends in the UFC, who are fighting a constant PR battle against things like TRT.

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