Chris Weidman spoke to Fight Hub about Anderson Silva' recent drug test failure and PED's in general. According to the UFC middleweight champ one of his worries is that a legend like Silva popping for steroids may actually encourage the younger generation to think that taking performance enhancing drugs is worth it.
Watch the clip above, and check out a transcript courtesy of David St. Martin below:
"The thing that bothers me the most about this Anderson Silva thing and different guys getting caught, is that it's more about the younger guys coming up," said Weidman. "Now they're going to think they have to start taking steroids."
"They're going to imagine that he was doing it, so [Silva] made, who knows, let's say $50 million. 'If he did that and he was able to take care of himself for the rest of his life, he and his family, maybe it's worth doing it.' My message to them is that I'm champion and I've never taken any PED. I would never do that."
"I'll retire early if my body can't hold up," said Weidman. "It's just tough. You're fighting through injuries. You just can't do it. I just don't want these younger fighters to think that that's the way to become champion and make a legacy for yourself. I still firmly believe that taking PEDs is because you're weak minded and you have insecurities about yourself. You're trying to fill the void with PEDs. Winners, true winners, don't have that."
Weidman defends his title at UFC 187 this May, and it will be against another controversial figure concerning drug tests in Vitor Belfort.