Look, we’ve all suspected that guys fighting in PRIDE were juiced to the gills because of how lacking the testing was in Japan. Was there any testing? Apparently there was testing, but the testing wasn’t exactly what you’d expect it to be. See, in Japan, they are pretty harsh on recreational drugs. KID Yamamoto’s career went from him being a shooting star to a reject because of a scandal involving marijuana. Yes, you read that correctly, KID Yamamoto was discovered to be at some yakuza-laden weed party and the mobsters and shady connections weren’t the scandal, but the weed was.
That’s Japan in a nutshell. For some reason Enson Inoue posted a photo on Facebook the other day of a past contract with PRIDE, the photo being of the section on drug testing. It was an eye-opener, to say the least. There, in writing, it said that steroids and performance enhancers were excluded from the tests, while weed, coke, heroin and other drugs were prohibited. Japan, amirite? Enson Inoue has always been honest with the world about just about everything, from his involvement with the yakuza to his making amends to the people of Japan and everything in between.