Jon Fitch, en riktig veteran i sporten, testade 2014 positivt för förhöjda testosteronvärden. Fitch, som länge uttalat sig kritisk till doping, fick således utstå hård kritik efter testresultatet.
Fitch fick nyligen ännu en pekpinne i ansiktet, denna gång av Firas Zahabi som är tränare till Rory MacDonald som han möter i sin nästa match. I måndags så gästade Fitch MMA Hour, där han bemötte kritiken som riktats mot honom.
“I got to a place where you could see other guys around you — I found out about guys who I fought who were on TRT, the therapeutic exemptions, I learned about Vitor Belfort’s testosterone being covered up and him being allowed to compete anyway.
“There were rumors of other guys, that happening too, also. And then I was taking a 70 percent pay cut, at least 70 percent pay cut from going from the UFC to World Series of Fighting.”
“So I was thinking, like, why am I holding myself to this standard and making less money and my family’s struggling? Just all kinds of excuses,” he said. “Any kind of excuse to rationalize why it was okay to cheat against a cheater like Palhares. And I had no idea what I was doing. It was pure comedy, me trying to use this sh-t.
“I had no idea what I was doing. I didn’t even grapple that entire training camp because I was so sore from the injections, because I was doing something wrong. I’m not even sure what I was doing wrong. But yeah, that was probably the stupidest thing and the best thing that ever happened to me.”
Fitch fortsätter sedan om kritiken från Zahabi.
“I don’t care. I don’t live my life caring what other people say or think. If you’re going to go through your life worrying about other people and what they think, you’re going to be a loser. You’re not going to get far. So I don’t care. People can think whatever they want to think, I live my life for me and my family.
“I don’t know, maybe he’s scared. He’s already creating an excuse for his fighter losing. I don’t know, I don’t really care.”
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