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Brendan Schaub says there's no reason not to take steroids in the UFC

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According to Brendan Schaub, "there's just no reason everyone shouldn't take steroids" in the UFC.

Brendan Schaub taking on Lavar Johnson
Brendan Schaub taking on Lavar Johnson
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Brendan Schaub spoke about the large amount of fighters failing drug tests as of late. According to the UFC heavyweight, the current system in place just isn't enough to convince people to stop looking for an edge. He spoke about it on 'The fighter and the kid' podcast, saying there's just no reason not to take performance enhancing drugs in the UFC (Transcription by MMA Fighting):

"Listen, I would love to hear an argument for why I shouldn't do steroids," Schaub said. "Give me one. Let's say I take steroids and test positive. Say I'm a young kid [getting to the UFC] and I ask my dad, 'Dad, why shouldn't I take steroids?' Can I say, 'Well, you'll never be world champ.' That's not true. Anderson Silva's world champ. 'Well, you'll never fight for a title.' That's not true.

"Chael Sonnen tested positive, fought for a title. 'Well, you'll never be 'The Ultimate Fighter' coach.' Nope, Chael Sonnen, Anderson Silva. 'Well, you'll never be a main event.' No, not true. Alistair Overeem's a main event. Bigfoot Silva's a main event. 'Well, listen, you might get fired.' No, not really. Guys pop all the time. If it's cheating, everyone else is doing it and they're getting rewarded for it."

"You know what's infuriating to me? It's not that I'm not champ," said Schaub. "It's not that I've lost some fights or won some big fights. It's more that there's just no reason everyone shouldn't take steroids. There's just not. In the UFC there's no reason. Someone give me a legit reason why you would tell a young fighter not to take them. I would love to hear a good argument. 'Well, you'll get fined $3000 and you'll have to sit out six months, maybe nine.' I fight every six months anyway."

Schaub also spoke about his previous match against Lavar Johnson, who failed a drug test for elevated T/E ratio:

"I fought a guy named Lavar Johnson. At the weigh-in when he weighed in I went to [UFC president] Dana White like, 'That guy's on roids." They laughed. Everyone's like, 'Come on.' Are you kidding me? The guy is jacked. He could go win Mr. Olympia. My team's laughing. I'm not laughing. I've got to fight him."

"So then I fight this guy. I don't stand with him. I take him down over and over. I just kept taking him down because I knew he was jacked on steroids. I'm not going to play that game. I took a lot of heat for that. Everyone from the company, outside the company, fans, everyone. 'Why didn't you stand and bang with him?' Well, I'm all natural and this guy's jacked out of his mind on steroids. It doesn't make sense for me. Make it a level playing field and I'm the Leonard Garcia of the heavyweight division."

"Anderson Silva landed some shots on Nick Diaz. Those shots, I promise you, are going to catch up with Nick down the road. Now, we don't know how severe those shots were but I guarantee it's more severe when a guy's on steroids."

Regardless of what you think about Schaub as a fighter, the guy has a legitimate point. With the way drug test offenders are handled currently, the reward just significantly outweighs the risk. If things don't change, the small chance of getting caught and subsequently slapped on the wrist really won't offset the allure of all the long-term benefits from increased performance.