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Matt Serra on PED’s in MMA: “Me and BJ Penn Are in That Small Percentage That Don’t Do Sh*t.”

Matt Serra, and his bucket of rigatoni, make their way to the cage.

Earlier this week UFC fighter Krzysztof Soszynski made the bold statement that the vast majority of MMA fighters—somewhere between 85-96%–are getting some sort of illegal chemical boost in the training room. Yesterday a bigger, more easily-spelled name in the sport spoke out in support of those allegations. In an interview with MMA Weekly, Matt Serra weighed in on what he considers to be a serious problem in the fight game.

“It’s wrong man, it’s really wrong. Let me tell you something. I got to the title without doing anything. I didn’t use anything,” Serra commented. “Me and BJ Penn are in that small percentage that don’t do (expletive). There’s a lot of guys that are considered legends, and they’re doing the GH and doing this and that, and it’s obvious, it’s freaking obvious.”

The past year has proven to be an eye-opener in terms of the blight of performance enhancing drugs in Mixed Martial Arts. Unapproved or improperly applied Testorone Replacement Therapy and fake dongs have brought the problem to light, and while neither Soszynski nor Serra cite any specifics in their findings, they have very little motivation to share an opinion that will undoubtedly prove unpopular with the Zuffa brass. As more fighters come out to address the issue it will be harder to ignore, and with the UFC’s jump to “mainstream” television, they can expect more “mainstream” scrutiny. As it stands now, many MMA-specific journalists are too concerned with being denied behind-the-scenes access to ask the tough questions. Us? We don’t really have those concerns, and it’s doubtful that more seasoned members of the media will be intimidated from covering the subject.

Beyond violating a certain expectation of fair play that we’d all like to believe was held sacred in professional sports, Serra is concerned that the augmented strength and stamina of some fighters could lead to grave injury inside of the cage.

“It’s one thing if you’re fighting for an hour, but you got 15 minutes in there. There’s certain teams out there that look like they got a freaking chemist assigned to them. It’s not that I want to judge anybody, but hey man, I’m fighting these people. Next thing you know you’re in there fighting a guy with unlimited energy that looks like a He-Man figure. I don’t give a (expletive) if it’s happening in baseball, but when a guy can kick your head off, someone can get hurt. There’s a chance for serious bodily harm.”

It’s impossible to predict when the next scandal will unfold, especially since a positive test by an up and comer rarely makes a blip on the news radar. But we know that there will be more fighters getting popped; the only question is what consequences they will face as a result.

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EDoggFunkMonk- August 22, 2011 at 5:36 pm
Why did he use the term "like a He-Man figure?" To be more realistic he should have said "like an Alpha Male."
HomeSchooled- August 21, 2011 at 8:15 am
they should allow all drugs, pot, coke, PEDs, meth, Heroin. Maybe it'll stop fighters from dry-humping their way to a decision.
noname- August 20, 2011 at 5:08 pm
lol Everyone but me is a cheater and that's the only reason that they can beat me. If it worn't for cheaters I'd be the p4p champ.
PERPATRAITOR- August 20, 2011 at 4:39 pm
Nick Diaz and Cesar Gracie have upheld honest fights. Let dem niggas smoke weed! I don't know any other elite camps without all their fighters being overly veiny.
Ederon- August 20, 2011 at 3:51 pm
Why do you think PRIDE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS was so awesome
because people were juiced up and all sauced up.

Vitor Belforts best highlights was back in the day with that replay they keep showing of his machine gun attack on that other dude.
Look at him now he is 1/4 the size. He was like King Kong back then now he is closer to Gollums asshole.

Wanderlei Silva was a freaking beast with those damn trappie traps of his around he's neck!
Now he looks like Mr. Burns.

I say like stallone says PED's are a better way of life.
Think about it... Why are steroids ONLY BANNED in North America.
You think all of Europe are just idiots?

America can't go back saying
"you know what? after 30yrs old most men lose a lot of testosterone and hair and get bad skin, actually GH is good for you in moderation"

They cant do that. They never go back on what they deemed was a bad thing.
danomite- August 20, 2011 at 3:24 pm
this "small minority" of clean athletes is getting pretty crowded. why should anybody believe Serra or Penn or K-sos when they say they don't do it? Using their own estimates, 85-96% of fighters have not been caught using steroids so just because they haven't tested positive doesn't mean they have never done it. Why are any of them even denying it at all? Did I miss the part of the interview where they the interviewer accused them of taking steroids?
j-k-martin- August 20, 2011 at 3:10 pm
You have to have your head in the sand to not know this already.
http://thinkmma.blogspot.com/
thatswhatsup- August 20, 2011 at 2:57 pm
“There’s a lot of guys that are considered legends, and they’re doing the GH” ... he's OBVIOUSLY talking about bob sapp.
MediumRare- August 20, 2011 at 2:52 pm
Props to Serra for doing it natural. But the sooner people stop pissing and moaning about PEDs the better. Most players in all pro sports are juicing. This isn't news - but every time someone says so, the media carries on like it is.
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The players are grown-ups. They want to do it and there's no stopping them.
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This is a pro sport with big money on the line. They're supposed to enhance their performance. Steroids, surgery, whatever. Do what you can to make yourself a better athlete.
CrushCo- August 20, 2011 at 2:38 pm
@SquidInk: You know, I read years ago that Randy was using HRT. I don't think it's ever been substantiated, though. It wouldn't be surprising given his age. http://www.fightforum.com/ufc/14081-exclusive-randy-couture-drug-news.html
SquidInk- August 20, 2011 at 2:23 pm
"There’s a lot of guys that are considered legends, and they’re doing the GH"

Gonna piss a lot of people off with this, but homeboy's talking about Randy.
Darkside- August 20, 2011 at 1:39 pm
@Payday

I don't think Serra was trying to call out that "certain someone". If you know the guy, he just tends to be brutally honest about his views. I don't think there was any hidden agenda with those comments, FWIW.
Dirt- August 20, 2011 at 1:32 pm
I'm a bigger fan of this site then anyother MMA site but this story was on BJPenn.com tues or wed...
Payday- August 20, 2011 at 1:32 pm
Get Off Me - the term PED is used now because it's gone WAY beyond steroids. Anything that can boost performance can be classified a PED - speed, EPO, HGH, the list goes on and on. Hence the blanket term PED.

Anyone else get the feeling that Serra was just itching to call out certain someones in the 170 pound division?
Get Off Me- August 20, 2011 at 1:24 pm
This PED(we used to call that steroids) issue needs to be dealt with. The quicker the better, no exemptions for PED's in MMA and move forward on trying to establish rules that lend themselves to more entertaining fights.

Also, SpikeTV is advertising Bellator on MTV2 tonight like crazy!
Fuck was Gene Hackman ever good in Behind Enemy Lines.
SumDumGuy- August 20, 2011 at 1:11 pm
I really should start reading the captions before making obvious, unfunny jokes. that's what the crack squad of paid staffers is for.
SumDumGuy- August 20, 2011 at 1:05 pm
the only PED in Serras system is a compulsive "Pasta Esting Disorder"... ayoooooooooooooooooo. badabing. fogedeabowdid.
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