UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping is perhaps the most annoyingly self-righteous mixed martial artist in combat sports when it comes to the topic of anabolic steroids and performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs). Bisping has absolutely no respect for anyone who uses steroids. He thinks steroid users are “pussies” and “faggots” – at least when it comes to MMA athletes.
Bisping’s hatred of steroid users is nothing new but his comments on the October 5th episode of The Ric Flair Show podcast represent his crudest and most obscene characterizations of steroid users to date. All it took was a question about Brock Lesnar to set him off.
“Fuck steroids! Fuck all you fucking faggots that want to come in here and take steroids,” Bisping told host Rick Flair. “Am I making myself clear? I apologize for using that word, I shouldn’t have said that. But, steroids have destroyed the sport and anyone that takes them, kiss my ass.”
Bisping seemingly generalized his comments to all steroid users but his main target was the pro wrestler turned MMA champion.
“Fuck you, you cocky son of a bitch. Kiss my ass. I will knock Brock Lesnar out with one fucking punch. I will take him and throw him out of the octagon like the pussy that he is. Am I making myself clear? Fuck Brock Lesnar…
“He’s a big son of a bitch but as I said. Real men don’t cheat in a real fight. In your world you have to look good, you have to be big and it’s expected for the audience. You guys good for you, good for you. In a real fight we shouldn’t be cheating and taking steroids.”
Perhaps Bisping is okay with steroid users as long as they stay in the world of pro wrestling or bodybuilding where he thinks they belong. If Lesnar stayed in the fictional world of WWE, Bisping wouldn’t have a problem. But when it comes to steroid use in MMA, Bisping thinks there should be zero tolerance.
There is a reason for Bisping’s animosity and fear of steroid users. In the Three Amigos Podcast on October 28, 2015, Bisping revealed his hatred arises from an incident in which a known steroid user “permanently disfigured” him with a detached retina.
“We all know the dangers of this sport. I mean, we’re trying to knock each other out. I’ve been left permanently disfigured, if you will, from my fight with Vitor Belfort. Vitor Belfort head kicked me and that’s what caused my detached retina. Since then, I’ve had five surgeries, and my eye is never going to look the same again. That was one of the reasons why I said I was never fighting anybody else with a steroid history.”
Bisping obviously lost to Belfort in the main event of UFC on FX7 in Sao Paulo, Brazil on January 19, 2013. Belfort was legally permitted to use the steroid testosterone thanks to lenient rules that permitted doctor-approved testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). But that made little difference to Bisping.
Between 2008 and 2014, Bisping only lost 4 MMA bouts. Three of those bouts were lost to men who were using steroids as part of TRT – Belfort, Dan Henderson and Chael Sonnen. TRT was later banned by the UFC.
Bisping clearly had an axe to grind with steroid users who have defeated him. Bisping has previously admitted that his distaste for steroid users is a bit of “sour grapes”. Yet, Bisping firmly believes that steroid users have no place in combat sports.
“Looking back, yeah, of course there’s a little bit of sour grapes,” Bisping told Shaun Al-Shatti of MMAFighting.com. “There’s a little bit of ‘what if’ and this and that.”
You would think that Bisping would overcome his hatred of steroid users after he got his comeuppance on Dan Henderson and Anderson Silva by defeating them both in UFC bouts this year. Silva had just returned from a year-long suspension after testing positive for drostanolone (Masteron). But his victories over known steroid users did little to temper his antipathy towards juicers. His anti-steroid obsession has only motivated him more if anything.
So, steroid use in MMA? What do you think?
I said I would win and I did.https://t.co/GzhezI2aFx
— michael (@bisping) October 9, 2016