UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has been an outspoken critic of the use of performance-enhancing drugs in mixed martial arts for several years. She spoke about it when news broke that Anderson Silva tested positive for anabolic steroids, and she has pointed to them as one of the reasons she won’t fight Cris Cyborg Justino.
On Monday’s Opie and Jimmy show, Rousey explained her fierce opposition: In her opinion, doping is akin to taking a weapon into the octagon.
“In MMA it’s just so much more serious than any other sport,” Rousey said. “In baseball, you take a bunch of drugs and you can hit a ball farther. In MMA, if you take a bunch of drugs, you can hit a person harder. The only reason why we’re able to do the sport safely is because there is a limit to the human potential. You’re literally taking a weapon inside of that cage when you take a drug.”
What scares Rousey most about an increase in PED usage in mixed martial arts? The death of a fighter in the cage.
“What I really worry about is, in boxing, several people die every year,” Rousey said. “No one’s ever died doing MMA, ever. It’s a lot safer. But if more and more performance-enhancing drugs keep coming in, and somebody dies in the sport, and the other person tests positive for the drug, you just killed someone with a weapon. That’s homicide. It really is. And that would destroy the whole sport that I love so much, and I worked so hard to put effort into. And how selfish of an act is that?”
Later on a lighter note, in a SiriusXM Town Hall hosted by Jason Ellis, Rousey answered a series of fun rapid-fire questions. Among them: Would you rather make out with Miesha Tate or Ellis, who hosts a show on Faction)?. (Naturally, the answer was Ellis.) Listen to the clip and see photos from the event below.