Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs) are a topic that will forever be debated in sports circles. Since the 11 baseball players appeared in front of the House Government Reform Committee in 2006, the discussion has heated up exponentially.
One of the men responsible for the rise in PED usage in sports is Victor Conte, the former head of BALCO, the California-based sports nutrition company best known for creating Tetrahydrogestrinone, a superdrug that assists in rapidly creating muscle tissue.
Conte was jailed for a year in 2005 on conspiracy to distribute steroids and money laundering. With his means of earning a living cut off, Conte has since become a "White Knight" in the war against steroid usage in sports.
Considering his checkered past, there are those that are still wary of Conte's intentions. One of those men is UFC President Dana White. Following the UFC 155 pre-fight press conference, White spoke with attending media to discuss a variety of topics.
The one that got White heated was regarding PED usage and Victor Conte. Never one to beat around the bush, White expressed how he really felt about Conte with some choice words.
"Fuck Victor Conte. The guy's a lying, two faced, piece of shit. I can't stand that guy. You're the biggest cheater in the history of the fucking sports world and now, cause you can't make a living cheating anymore, you want to flip to the other side and start calling people out and point fingers," White told Bleacher Report. "Victor Conte is a two-faced piece of shit."
White continued his rant when pressed as to why he won't deal with Conte. "I don't care what his position is. I don't care about him. He's a fucking cheater and a liar. Now he's trying to flip the script so he can make a living on the other side. He's a scumbag."
The discussion began when Yahoo Sports' Kevin Iole brought up the fact that many drug testing experts have been critical of government mandating testing. They will often cite that such tests are the easiest to pass since the methods are outdated.
As usual, White defended the fact that MMA is one of the only sports that is regulated by the government and therefore under the most scrutiny.
"So they say the government isn't strong enough? We're regulated by the fucking government. Some of these places, some of these states that we go to, they test the entire card. Some places are random. Some places do the main event and few other fights that are random. It's better than anyone else's."
No matter your position on the whether PEDs should be legal in sports, I believe that White summed it up best to close the discussion.
"There's always going to be this thing in sports where someone is trying to get an edge on another guy. As an owner or a commissioner or whatever you want to call it, you do the very best that you can do."
All quotes attained first hand by Jeremy Botter who is in Las Vegas for Bleacher Report