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UFC Lightweights Clay Guida and Mark Bocek Are Not on the Same Side of This Whole TRT/Alistair Overeem Debate

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(In a rare misstep for Guida, he had no idea that the beer bong he was offered actually contained Four Loko. There were no survivors.) 

It seems that you can’t come across an MMA interview these days that doesn’t bring up the Alistair Overeem situation. The phrase “testosterone replacement therapy” has been thrown around in more MMA blogs within the past month than the name “Tim Tebow” on your average Sportscenter episode, and that’s saying something. Is it a coincidence that both phrases emphasize the “T” sound? We think not.

Being the laid back, no worries, Winnebago-loving kind of guy that Clay Guida is, he was much more willing to forgive Overeem when speaking to MMAWeekly about the situation yesterday, believing that a lot of the blame should be placed on that of his coaches. And in case you’re wondering, he managed to relate the situation to the lion-esque mange that sits atop his head:

Yeah, Alistair not knowing that there is testosterone in his vitamins, is like me not knowing what kind of conditioner I’m putting in my hair. I’m not going to put the complete blame on him, I’m going to put it on his coaches, and, maybe not his team necessarily, but his trainer and this and that and whoever maybe slipped him a Mickey or whatever you want to call it. I’m a fan of the guy, don’t get me wrong, but, I think they had plans elsewhere or whatever it may be, but, it’s a bummer that the main event in one of the biggest cards of the year is going to be kind of tampered with, just because you know, they got careless and maybe they didn’t have all the belief in themselves, so. I just stick with my regular stuff. The fruits and vegetables, fish oils, glucose and stuff like that you know? I’ve never been big on supplements on stuff like that you know? I just take natural stuff.

Fish oil, eh? And here we thought he was drinking whiskey shooters and vodka cranberries this whole time.

It turns out that fellow lightweight contender Mark Bocek, ever the stickler, was not too pleased that Overeem received only 9 months for his botched surprise drug test, going as far as to say that any fighter needing TRT (or marijuana for that matter), shouldn’t be fighting in the first place:

There’s definitely got to be some type of punishment. You can put any twist on it want. I’m no doctor, I just think if your doctor’s telling you you need to be on TRT and you need to be on medical marijuana, you shouldn’t be fighting.  He wasn’t under license at the time, he’s trying to flee the building over another series of testing, it makes you wonder about everyone else. I would think one year punishment for a guy like Overeem.

I think it’s a problem in every division. I think it’s just kind of become part of the sport. Definitely random testing could change or fix that. As you see with Overeem, he really wasn’t expecting that but it’s a part of any sport really. Any Olympic sport as well.

Although I personally disagree with Bocek’s stance on marijuana use in MMA — it in no way affects an MMA fighter’s performance, nor should it matter what a fighter does to ensure his own mental well-being in the off-season — you can’t deny that random drug testing would be the cure-all for these repeated infractions of the rules. Like Guida said, Overeem’s ignorance hits the fans, especially those who purchased tickets to UFC 146 prior to Overeem’s drug test debacle, the hardest, unless they’re die hard Frank Mir fans, of course. And if the Zuffa brass is worried about possible fighter backlash, we imagine Hector Lombard would quickly volunteer for the role of D.A.R.E officer.

Whose side are you on, Potato Nation?

-J. Jones

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intercept440- May 1, 2012 at 3:35 pm
that's not clay guida....its Kenny fucking powers!!!
Houstons db- May 1, 2012 at 7:47 am
Shut up mark. Boring answer from a boring dude.
KeithHackneyWindmillPalmStrike- May 1, 2012 at 4:21 am
Anyone who takes steroids is a fucking pussy
benhamil- April 30, 2012 at 8:25 pm
@Sloppy, the hearing was streamed live on UStream, and covered live by several MMA websites. A live synopsis of the hearing (and the bits about Reem "fleeing") is available on Bloody Elbow.
Sloppyspray- April 30, 2012 at 7:04 pm
What's this whole deal with Overeem "fleeing" the NSAC meeting that everyone keeps talking about? When I heard about it I took it as a semi joke. Like the board was messing with Overeem and he had somewhere to be so they busted his balls about it. Anyone know the real story? Like listened to the hearing, not hearsay. B/c a ton of people are saying he basically ran away and fled, which to me would make the NSAC reconsider their position on him when he comes back to be licensed. AND Overeem should get a cease and desist letter out to all these fuckers who are saying it!
AndyInflammatory- April 30, 2012 at 3:45 pm
It's a sad state of affairs that some fighters NEED medical marijuana to combat their A.D.D, and meanwhile, in the same house, same gym, same family, another fighter is blazing doobies with his crew as a means of recreation. Very sad.
Daoulas- April 30, 2012 at 5:58 pm
No one needs weed anymore than someone needs coffee or beer. Its a choice, a personal decision and if you choose to put something in your body that doesn't improve your performance in your sport then whats the big deal? Its no one elses business
Fried Taco- April 30, 2012 at 3:36 pm
Count me in, drano. No real doc would prescribe that kind of stuff and say "sure you can be a fighter!"
dranokills- April 30, 2012 at 3:23 pm
Mark Bocek sounds like a smart guy in my opinion. So that's 2 to your 1. anymore?