Could using performance enhancing drugs in an mma fight where someone is badly injured be considered attempted murder in a court of law? Urijah Faber seems to think it's be possible.
Faber was recently interviewed by Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour where he talked about whether or not we could see a brutal finish in the cage become a case for attempted murder.
"It puts things in perspective when you see Cyborg's head get crushed, his skull get crushed. The human body, certain individuals have certain abilities. Is there a legal attempted murder if you're using something like that, if you're using something potentially using to make yourself a weapon that's illegal, and you're going to crush somebody's skull. It's a weird thing, and there's a reason why we have rules in this sport to make sure something like that doesn't happen," Faber said. (Credit to MMA Fighting for the transcript).
Faber referred to the incident at Bellator 158, which saw Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos sustain a fractured skull at the hands of Michael "Venom" Page. It's worth noting that Page has not failed any drug tests to date, at least that have been made public.
Urijah Faber last fought against Dominick Cruz at UFC 199 where he lost a unanimous decision for the UFC Bantamweight title. Faber has been with UFC and their parent companies for nearly 10 years, and has never tested positive for any performance enhancing drug.
By Ryan Cook