MMA fans and writers alike were shocked Gil Melendez tested positive for exogenous origin of testosterone metabolites, following his loss to Eddie Alvarez (26-4) at UFC 188. During a recent appearance on Ariel Helwani’s The MMA Hour, Alvarez said he was shocked too. Eddie went on a bit of a rant about how he feels almost weird to be one of the guys that has never used PED’s in the sport:
“I never looked at him as someone who would use something like that,” said Alvarez, as transcribed by Dave Doyle for MMA Fighting. “I’m really gullible with that stuff. I assume nobody does it. When I train with guys, I assume they don’t do that stuff, it’s pretty rampant. I’m like a f—— unicorn in this sport, I’m a weirdo in that I don’t do anything.”
“I’ve been around the sport so long, I’m gullible, a lot of guys I train with, surround myself with don’t, Frankie Edgar, the guys I train with and hang out with don’t. So for me its not a normal thing to do, but you hear all these things, this guy’s doing it, guys you assume are never doing it get caught, you’re like, damn, man, everybody’s on this s—. I feel more and more like a f—— unicorn. What am I, a dork because I don’t do it?”
“Now that all these strict rules are in place for steroids, all these guys are coming out and looking like bags of s—, Their bodies are changing because they can’t use. I’ve been doing this sport 11 years, drug free, never any enhancement. Now all these guys who needed stuff, they’re all going to fall off. You’re going to see their performances die, their bodies look like s—, guys like myself and guys who have been drug free their whole career are going to be able to rise.”
Melendez is currently serving a one-year suspension from the sport after the testing positive for PED’s.
Eddie Alvarez fights former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis on Jan. 17 in Boston as part of UFC Fight Night 81. Eddie is 1-1 in the UFC but has won 4 of his last 5 total. His loss came at the hands of UFC #1 Lightweight Contender Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in the co-main event of UFC 178 via Unanimous Decision.