Most sports fans have undoubtedly heard about the Biogenesis scandal, which led to the naming of high-profile MLB stars such as Ryan Braun and Alex Rodriguez as being clients of the company which provided illegal performance-enhancing drugs to athletes. While Braun has already been suspended for the remainder of the season, there very well could be more suspensions to follow. Apparently the man responsible for the whistle blowing, Porter Fischer, has information regarding MMA athletes that have also been involved with the company. ESPN reported the following:
While people have speculated for years about some MMA fighters using illegal performance-enhancing drugs, this could come as very unwelcome news for the UFC. It is possible that some very high-profile fighters will be named. While certainly a lot of PEDs can be used and cycled properly to prevent positive tests, ‘proper’ cycling of these drugs can’t prevent the mayhem and backlash which would result from proof of involvement with Biogenesis.
It is hard to imagine the devastation that could result if someone such as Georges St-Pierre, the UFC’s top draw and widely respected welterweight champion, were suspended for a year or more due to involvement with Biogenesis. MMA could not afford to lose its top draws and best representatives to a scandal of this magnitude.
For now we can only speculate. For a sport that is still struggling to work its way into the mainstream, we can only hope that the UFC’s top fighters have kept their noses clean.