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UFC Light Heavyweight Krzysztof Soszynski Estimates 85 to 96% of MMA Fighters Use PEDs

(The only substance K-Sos uses these days is horse blood.)

During an appearance on MMAFighting’s The MMA Hour on Tuesday, Krzysztof Soszynski made a somewhat surprising revelation that at least 85 to as many as 96% percent of MMA athletes use some form of performance enhancing drug. According to the veteran fighter, you can tell by looking at a fighter’s physique who is and who isn’t using and he would know, considering that prior to becoming a fighter he competed in professional bodybuilding and spent a few years as a pro wrestler.

Although he stopped short of actually saying that he had anabolic help building his hulking physique, “The Polish Experiment” said that he has never used illegal substances since he began fighting.

“Back in the days when I was a bodybuilder, obviously it was a little different, but for mixed martial arts, I don’t [use PEDs],” he told host Ariel Helwani. I don’t believe in it.”

By Soszynski’s estimation then, at least 227 of the UFC’s 267 fighters are using chemicals to cheat — which is crazy if true.

Having trained at a few gyms from Team Tompkins in Canada to Team Quest and now Reign Training Centre in California, the Polish-born Canada-raised light heavyweight has been around a lot of fighters and says he’s been offered a lot of different substances to aid in recovery, muscle building and weight loss.

“I even had someone talk to me about stem cell injections. You’re looking at stuff like EPO and at least five or six different counterfeit drugs out there that people are using and they’re not even detectable in the body,” he explains. “It’s just amazing to me how far athletes are willing to go to make their mark in this sport.”

Although he maintains that he doesn’t partake in any of the drugs he knows other fighters do, Soszynski says that the temptation to cheat increases as the monetary incentives go up.

“If there’s a substance you can take out there that’s going to make you bigger, stronger, more explosive, going to help you train harder, going to help you train longer and it’s going to help with your recovery as well and you know if you take it the right way and follow the right instructions you’ll never get caught for it, wouldn’t you take it?”

A better question is, why would fighters ever stop using PEDs if the promotions don’t seem to really take a hard stance with those caught red handed?

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Jawbreaker_46- August 19, 2011 at 10:49 pm
He should write a book and be the jose canseco of MMA. wait, on second thought, no he shouldn't because it'd ruin the sport. they should just make the shit legal and move on with it. You hear that MLB?!
Squirrel- August 19, 2011 at 12:24 pm
@AngryWhopper - I agree that if everyone's using them then they're all on the same level but then you have to look at who's getting what and who can afford what. It still wouldn't be a level playing field. The biggest problem I see here is what qualifies as a PED. Things all the way down to asthma inhalers count as PEDs.
SouthSideEssay- August 19, 2011 at 10:25 am
LOL @ that whole mess you just posted, but not the good LOL the like you are fucking retarded LOL.
XENOPHON- August 19, 2011 at 8:30 am
@Angry Whopper
Thanks, please feel free to clown me over my fucked up grammar. I belong to another lists (highly technical fuckers), and they finally embarrassed me into learning the correct difference's between "its", "it is", or "it's".
Make you a deal, for every time someone can punk me out for the same, I'll send Cage Potato a buck on a monthly or quarterly basis.
I only request 3 requirements from their end.
One, that they must use the cash/check/money order to purchase bottles of booze fermented from a starch-heavy mash (e.g. potatoes) for beer or the fermented potato mash is distilled and is a spirit. It's their decision, but I say, "Go big, or go home."
Two, the same is only consumed during their working hours, when writing articles, or during a MMA event while in the office.
Three, there is either a picture or video that we get to view as proof of every emptied bottle.
No I've never seen a comprehensive list of those that popped hot. I must have gotten lucky in my first tour, as I partied like a rock star. Back then, the Pentagon only picked every 10th sample for analysis. (GRIN)
From what I'm reading here, the majority consensus is that 'The Pollock' is not sensationalizing PED's. If that's the case and fighter's want the edge vs. the health risks, then the only fighters getting fucked are us, because we no idea how to balance a predictive analysis before a wager.
Angry Whopper- August 19, 2011 at 6:35 am
Oh, and XENON - for fuck's sakes, get this right in your head:

your = possessive, as in "Your wristwatch"
you're = you are, as in "You are oftentimes longwinded"

Also, it's "toe the line", as in step up to the line in. For a guy who has some insightful notes and generally good commentaty, you're killing yourself with language mistakes.
Angry Whopper- August 19, 2011 at 6:27 am
I was discussing this with my brother, and his view made a lot of sense: let them all use it. If everyone is on PEDs, then there's no advantage.

Also, the guys at the top today in the theoretically clean world would probably still be at the top if all fighters were cheating. PEDs don't give you natural ability and instinct and such.

So, although I don't like the thought of fighters using PEDs in any form, this argument has unassailable logic.
j-k-martin- August 19, 2011 at 5:59 am
That number is a little high but I would agree it is the majority.
Joedirt- August 19, 2011 at 4:50 am
Goat "nobody ever won a fight on cardio or strength alone" ... Bob Sapp is my response to that statement. But seriously... if two guys are equally skilled and fighterA has endurance for 14minutes and fighterB has endurance for 13 minutes... my money is on A. It makes a huge difference to be the same fighter at the end of a fight that you were at the beginning. The skill used to win that fight can be directly related to the strength and stamina used to execute and prepare.
Goat- August 19, 2011 at 2:41 am
Who cares?

Let 'em all roid - only prohibit the dangerous ones.

No one ever won a fight on cardio/strength alone. Never forget that.
Get Off Me- August 18, 2011 at 9:59 pm
I have a great story that involves Gary Goodridge, K Sos, The Scotia Bank Center, the WWE and one of the funniest audition tryouts ever.
K Sos used to go by the moniker "Red Man" and was over 300lbs.
intercept440- August 18, 2011 at 9:20 pm
i gotta tell ya he's prolly right , i mean once i hit 40 im definalty going to use viagra
Gobbleston- August 18, 2011 at 9:19 pm
"Tow the line, or don't pick up the rope" I'm not really sure how that analogy applies. That's more like saying don't use Peds, and then actually not doing Peds. Saying atheletes do something, and then pointing fingers are completely different. The ramifications are greater for everybody involved.

And honestly, if everybody cheats, is anybody cheating?
Joedirt- August 18, 2011 at 7:18 pm
xeno have you ever looked at the list of busted fighters? It's huge... and we don't always hear about them... a lot of times the athletic commissions release the test results quite some time after the event, sometimes changing the decisions but not always making the news.
Cro Cops Cup- August 18, 2011 at 6:43 pm
He'd know... being from Team Quest & all.
newdeal- August 18, 2011 at 6:41 pm
Hey need to start adding testosterone levels to the tale of the tape so we know that the two fighters are practically identicle
monkeyknuckler- August 18, 2011 at 6:34 pm
So he's the only clean fighter. Just like tryin' to explain to your wife that you don't jerk off.
XENOPHON- August 18, 2011 at 6:30 pm
And that's been my point from the get-go. Winners do tend to be the biggest cheaters.
Dana dimples, the Fajitas, and their token Arab rake in $50 million a PPV. The fighters combined get about $1.5 million, the 4 in the main events taking more than half.
There are cheaters at every level in this shit. And that's not the first time Shawn Tompkins name has come up. Strange thing, those posts got deleted.
What's up with that CP, Censorship?
XENOPHON- August 18, 2011 at 6:20 pm
I got no idea where he can make claims, but not drop names. If your not willing to tow the line, its best to not even pick up the rope.
Since so many here think they agree with Comrade-Krzysztof-Soszynski that up to 96% of the UFC's fighters run hot, I'd like to see some names posted on this thread.
Outside of those already busted, who are the 10 most suspected fighters names?
The_Dead_Cow- August 18, 2011 at 4:59 pm
Winners are the best cheaters. Jus sayin you guys.
Joedirt- August 18, 2011 at 4:54 pm
He's right and I believe his estimates are accurate. Crazy what type of stuff the guys are using now that may not be traceable etc.
simplygreen- August 18, 2011 at 4:48 pm
I'm more surprised that the author finds this to be a "surprising revelation". Watch Bigger, Stronger, Faster - case closed. Most (if not all) professional athletes use PEDs. Why would MMA be any different?
El Guapo- August 18, 2011 at 4:31 pm
If legal supplements count as PED's, then I agree with Kryzstyzskofkski.
KarmaAteMyCat- August 18, 2011 at 4:18 pm
He's right. I won't name names but he's right. i said it before on the Bum rush Radio.
Booosted- August 18, 2011 at 3:56 pm
hmm hate to admit it but i'm sure a good amount of fighters are using PEDs. Sad but true... when money is involved people will always try to gain the extra edge.