As a noob in the MMA field, I've been trying to slowly familiarize myself in this world. As I watched 'Inside MMA' on HDNET last night, there was that lower bar scrolling on the bottom saying a Chael Sonnen was 'suspended indefinitely' for failing the drug test (can't remember the exact wording).
It's such a disappointment and disgusting to hear about 'great' athletes, whom children look up to, be nothing but deceiving, cheating individuals (i.e. Roger Clemens). Lack of respect to all areas of their respective sport in my opinion. Nonetheless, seeing that news about Mr. Sonnen made me curious and I wondered, how prevalent is taking performance enhancers (PEs) in MMA? Is it a problem/do you think it will become as problematic as in other sports (i.e. football, baseball)?
Again, perhaps my naivety, but I would think with often having to do serious weight management, it's not as 'realistic' for fighters to take PEs? Also, this may be hard to apply on a large population because everyone's personality is different, but, this field utilizes 'martial arts'. Meaning, the cultures whereby these martial arts originated have a very strict expectancy of respect does it not? Something that I'd like to say, may, often be lacking in other sports.
When I see fighters place their hands together and bow, I would view it as a transcendence and acceptance of the values instilled in that art; respect towards your opponent, graciousness and gratitude toward one's mentors. My point is that, with studying arts which foundations are formed with respect, I would think cheating and doping would not be as big of a problem. Alas, am I being too naive? Is MMA as contaminated as in other sports (i.e. baseball, football)?
Any thoughts? Just wanted to get that out because I got curious. Thank you!