A mixed martial arts pioneer praised Filipino-American boxer Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire for his efforts to clean up the sport by willingly undergoing voluntary drug testing.
Ken Shamrock, who was one of the biggest stars of MMA, said Donaire has become the perfect example of a drug-free fighter after subscribing to 24/7 drug testing with the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA).
“Nonito Donaire is a name that comes into my mind who has proven that he does not use steroids... because he does random drug testing,” Shamrock, who has admitted using steroids in the past, said in Inside MMA at AXS TV.
He said Donaire showed he has nothing to hide because he is open to testing at any given time.
“They come to his gym whenever they want and they would test him,” noted Shamrock, who has been discussing with fellow MMA legend Bas Rutten the importance of random testing in MMA.
Shamrock was known for his rivalry with Brazilian jiu-jitsu great Royce Gracie in the early 1990s. He became the first UFC superfight champion after defeating Dan Severn at UFC 6 and was also the first foreign MMA champion in Japan by winning the title of King of Pancrase.
He also dabbled in professional wrestling and became the WWF intercontinental champion, the WWF tag team champion and the 1998 WWF "King of the Ring."
Although Shamrock admitted to using steroids, he maintained that he never used it to gain advantage inside the Octagon.
“When I was fighting, I never entered the ring while using steroids. I was never in the ring and fought with steroids... but I have used steroids in the past,” he said.
He added that he understands the current turmoil regarding drug testing in the MMA, but pointed out that the fighters who have already been making money can afford to get around the testing.
“I would like to see, if you're really honest about trying to fix the problem, is to start at the bottom. Start at these guys who are just starting out. start testing them, forcing them to train without it,” he said.