Cain Velasquez has called for increased drug testing in recent comments to MMA Fighting, the website reported on Monday.
The UFC heavyweight champion, who dismantled Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and Junior dos Santos on his way to regaining the belt he lost to dos Santos after a yearlong layoff, credited himself and unbeaten contender Daniel Cormier for being “natural athletes.”
“You can tell by looking [at me]. Me and Daniel (Cormier) we’re talking about — I forgot who were saying it, but it was two guys, they were trying to think of the two guys that they think, for sure, are not on steroids or anything,” Velasquez said.
“The only ones they could come up with are me and Daniel. Just by looking at us, you can tell that we don’t do anything. Or if we do, it’s not very good stuff.”
Velasquez was asked for his thoughts on performance enhancing drugs and increased PED testing in the wake of Lavar Johnson’s dismissal from UFC for a failed drug test.
The champ said, “There’s rules out there,” and took the opportunity to speak for himself and Cormier. “So I think we’re both on the side of [increased] testing. For sure, I’m all for that. Being natural, I think, is the best way to be even on the playing field.”
Velasquez theorized that increased PED testing would be “a good thing,” adding that he hoped “that side of it kind of grows more and more, where people get caught beforehand.”
“People will just stop eventually using because they know that if they are, they’ll get caught,” he said.
The natural look of Cain Velasquez has harbored an unnatural ability in the cage. That ability helped the heavyweight to a dominant performance over former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar.
He has “earned” an eight-fight extension on his contract, according to Dana White in comments reported by Fightline, and at UFC 160, he will return to the main stage in a rematch against Silva, which is unusual considering the beating he handed Silva in their first bout.
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However, the rematch could be what the promotion needs after another sleep-inducing GSP fight. Are you ready for the return of Cain Velasquez to the octagon? Do you agree that PED testing should become more stringent?
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As for Velasquez-Silva II, does this look like a fight we need to see again?