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Bisping: Isn't it 'funny' that I've become world champ since USADA testing

Newly-crowned UFC middleweight champion, Michael Bisping, says it's no coincidence that he's become champ since the implementation of random drug tests by the USADA.

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Michael Bisping has always been a critic of performance-enhancing drugs. Many of Bisping's opponents, in fact, have used PEDs in the past. Although he lost to Chael Sonnen and Vitor Belfort, 'The Count' beat Anderson Silva at UFC London in February, who was suspended for using steroids in his bout with Nick Diaz at UFC 183.

Both Diaz brothers believe MMA is rampant with steroid use, and Bisping tends to agree. In a post on, the UFC middleweight updated his stance on the use of performance-enhancing drugs.

"Everybody knows my stance on PEDs, and that hasn't changed one little bit. The Diaz brothers say that everybody is taking steroids, but obviously there are still some of us that aren't. I kind of hear what they're saying, though. I think the large majority of our athletes are on something."

It's been over 12 months since the UFC partnered with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and many athletes, including the likes of Jon Jones and Brock Lesnar, have been caught using PEDs.

Bisping, who captured the 185-pound title when he knocked out Luke Rockhold at UFC 199, implied that the USADA's drug testing scheme helped catapult him to a championship level.

"Now that USADA is clamping down on performance enhancers, people are getting popped left and right. They still have a long way to go, but people are getting caught, and that's what counts. It's funny, now that we have USADA in the mix, I've become world champion!

"I've been here all this time, and yes, I have improved, and my coaches have worked hard with me to get me where I am, but USADA's presence and my becoming world champion isn't such a crazy coincidence. I think there's a reason for that."

The Brit is expected to rematch old rival (and former TRT user) Dan Henderson at UFC 204. The pay-per-view, which features a co-main event between Vitor Belfort and Gegard Mousasi, takes place October 8th in Manchester, England.

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