Just say no. That’s the advice most teenagers are given when drug and alcohol education is handed out, as if it’s that easy. There are so many factors that influence decision making that we’re still only scratching the surface, and to see drug consumption as a simple black and white choice is as ignorant as it is dangerous. We see fighters as super men, idols who almost transcend mortality but the truth is, this only exacerbates the PED issue in MMA. As well as competitive pressure and that which comes from having to win to continually support a family, fighters also have to contend with the stress of training through and competing with almost incessant injuries so that they don’t let the fans down. I don’t know about you but for me, there’s only so much that pride can stop the temptation of painkillers before the choice to sink some aspirin vastly outweighs the choice not to. I have no idea how anyone could condone the use of performance enhancing drugs but we at least need to be aware of the factors surrounding their use in MMA. Let us know what you think about PED use in MMA in the comments below after watching this video of Kenny Florian giving his opinon on PED users.