“I just want to say something. Yeah, we’re all chasing a dream. All fighters have a dream, a dream of being the champion. You gotta do it through hard work and determination. The fact of the matter is Anderson Silva tested positive for not one, not two, but three banned substances inside his body. While I respect him as a fighter, I’ve gotta say, I lost a lot of respect for him for that. This fight represents me beating all of these people that want to cheat the system. I’ve never taken performance enhancing drugs in my life. Anybody that does should be ashamed. To call yourself a martial artist and to take performance-enhancing drugs is the biggest contradiction you could ever make. And to be honest, Anderson should be ashamed of himself… I feel this should be talked about more. I want to be tested throughout this camp. Come and take my blood right now. You can get me to pee in a cup every day of this fight camp and I hope that happens. I hope Anderson is tested many times because he should be tested many times because he failed a test, not once, not twice but three times. [PED use in MMA] is something I am quite emotional about because it blows my mind. To be quite frank, I’m blown away by his arrogance. How on earth do you expect me not to mention that in your last fight, you tested positive for three banned substances? You expect me to not mention that? That is very, very relevant. So, of course, I want him to be tested and you can test me. But the fact that he wants me to not mention that, brush that under the carpet, to be quite frank, I’m blown away by his arrogance.”
-Michael Bisping goes hard on Anderson Silva and the PED issue during a media conference call for UFC Fight Night 83 on Tuesday (via MMAFighting.com).
Penick’s Analysis: There just wasn’t any chance Bisping stayed silent on the PED issue into this fight. He’s been as outspoken and angry about the issue as any fighter, and has a right to feel “blown away” by Silva’s continued insistence that he did nothing wrong. Silva’s still holding onto the stance that he took a tainted supplement, despite admitting to taking something unlabeled from a “friend.” Regardless, Bisping’s going to have plenty more like this to say about the matter over the next couple months, and he started off strong today.
[Michael Bisping art by Grant Gould (c) MMATorch.com]
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