First it was only Nate Diaz making the serious allegations of Conor McGregor being on steroids, but Diaz’s coach Richard Perez joins the finger pointing frenzy as he back’s his wards claim that it would be impossible for the feisty Irishman to jump two weight class without using performance enhancing drugs (PEDs).
In an interview with Submission Radio, Perez stated that when McGregor wanted to fight Diaz at 170, he became suspicious because for a fighter to jump from 155 to 170 gives a “shady” area that needs to be cleared out and Perez believes that McGregor uses steroids to get to that weight class.
“I sure do believe. Some guys they get busted and to be honest, I know McGregor’s got to be on some kind of a steroid. He’s pretty big and all of a sudden his jumping to 170? There’s no way because he was supposed to be fighting at 155 and if you think about it, he would be focusing on fighting at 155, he had only two weeks to go. And all of a sudden he’s gonna jump to 170? No, there’s something going on, but we are still gonna fight and that’s there to it,” Perez said.
Perez also took noticed at how McGregor took Diaz’s accusation of him being on steroids during their first press conference. Perez said that McGregor took the accusation defensively instead of answering it straightforward.
“When Nathan mentioned it to him, he got defensive, he got angry. If somebody would have told me that, I was fighting and he told me, you know, steroids, I would laugh and say, ‘Yeah give me some more steroids, heck yeah, ah ha sure’. But he got defensive and mad, you know, ‘I’m not on steroids, I’m not on steroids!’ You know, he was like trying to defend himself. So that, just his actions and the way he talked, there’s something behind that,” Perez explained.
At that press conference McGregor slammed at Diaz on the steroid issue even pointing out that it was Diaz’s friends Gilbert Melendez and Jake Shields got busted for using steroids. The event became colorful as they say when McGregor lashed out Diaz not to put his name together with steroids.
“Steroids? What you talking on steroids…don’t put my name on steroids I’m major against that…I’m not on steroids, I’m just an animal,” McGregor yelled at Diaz.
Aside from McGregor, even UFC president Dana White came to the defense saying that the UFC has the best drug testing program that is done in accordance with the United States Anti-Doping Association.
Mud sliding at this point of the fight is but natural for both camps, but the real test will come on March 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas when the two warriors battle it out to clear the air once and for all.
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