Anabolic Steroids in Mixed Martial Arts

June 19, 2010 by  
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Recently, two top professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters were banned for using Nandrolone Metabolite and Drostanolone. This news brought to light what many in the MMA world knew already – performance-enhancing drugs are very prevalent in the fighting ring.

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) emerged in the 1990s as an underground sport, which integrated fighting styles from striking to grappling, into one unique sport. Originally considered barbaric and dangerous, it was banned in many circles. By the early 2000s, the underground sport began to gain more and more visibility, and therefore, credibility. New standards for fighting were introduced to improve viewing pleasure and ensure fighters were protected from unnecessary injuries. The sport gained corporate interest, took on sponsors, and soon began staging pay-Per-View television events.

As with most sports, the moment a great deal of money is infused, two things happen. First, the level of performance increases greatly as many new athletes join the sport. Second, drug use becomes more prevalent as no longer are fighters fighting for a $2k check and a trophy. Suddenly, fighters are competing for hundreds of thousands of dollars. With that kind of money on the line, and the level of competition, performance-enhancing drugs quickly made their mark on the sport.

Most MMA fighters who do use choose Halotesten and/or Mibolerone. These substances create feelings of aggression and strength increases, without water retention or weight gain. Strikers often prefer Winstrol and Trenbolone. Testosterone and human growth hormone are beginning to get a foothold in the sport. These two compounds are very expensive, tightly controlled, and often only available to top athletes in sports like football and baseball. A physician typically prescribes testosterone, and human growth hormone is hard to obtain, even from a doctor.

As with other sports, the decision of a fighter to use or not use is a personal decision. The rules of every major professional fighting organization forbid the use of steroids, as well as many stimulants. Testing is very expensive and often only implemented at the top levels, where prize money and sponsorship dollars allow for this option. Are steroids cheating if many of the top competitors are using them? That’s a tough question to answer. What we do know is that with continued success of the sport – worldwide television coverage and millions of sponsorship dollars – the level of competition, and subsequent steroid use to compete, will continue to rise.

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Combining Anabolic Steroids With Mixed Martial Arts

June 19, 2010 by  
Filed under MMA

Two leading professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters were using Nandrolone Metabolite and Drostanolone and were banned for it. What happened made people realize what many in the MMA circle already were aware of the fighting ring is no stranger to performance-enhancing supplements.


Mixed Martial Arts came out in the underground sports arena in the 90′s, it combined fighting styles from striking to grappling, into one powerful sport. It was banned in many circles at first due the heavy violence. But nearly 10 years later, the underground sport began to gain greater exposure, which increased its credibility. To improve viewing pleasure and ensure fighters were protected from vulgar injuries new standards for fighting were created. The changes made allowed things like corporate interest, sponsors, and Pay-Per-View television events to be a regular part of the sport.


Two things happed to a sport when large amounts of money are introduced. First, as many new athletes join the sport the level of performance is greatly increased. Second, since the stakes of each fight are higher, drug use is more likely to play a part. Hundreds of thousands of dollars are on the line when fighters step into the ring. With all the money and pressure of competition, performance-enhancing drugs quickly found a home in the sport.


A lot of MMA fighters chose to use Halotesten and/or Mibolerone. Effects of taking these include feelings of aggression and strength increases, while not experiencing water retention or weight gain. Strikers often go with Winstrol and Trenbolone. Testosterone and human growth hormone are starting to become more popular in the sport. The supplements are expensive, carefully monitored, and sometimes are only available to some professional athletes. A physician can prescribe testosterone, but human growth hormone is difficult to get your hands on, even from a physician.


The decision of a fighter to take enhancers is a personal decision. All professional fighting organizations forbid the use of steroids, including many stimulants. Testing is very expensive and usually performed at pro levels, where the sponsors will foot the bill for such tests. If many of the top competitors are taking them, does taking steroids constitute cheating? This has become a complicated question. As long as the sport stays successful with worldwide coverage and millions of sponsorship dollars, the need to use performance enhancers will always be present.

Dane Fletcher is the world-wide authority on bodybuilding and steroids. He has coached countless athletes all over the world. To read more of his work, please visit either www.BodybuildingToday.com or www.SteroidsToday.com