If you get caught for using steroids in MMA, you might get 6-12 months suspension. A active fighter usually fight every 3 months, a champion usually fight around every 6 months. So the real suspension for MMA fighter is in fact 0 to 6 months. So athletes using illegal substances are hardly punished at all. If one consider the low risk of being caught, and the performance enhancing benefits of steroids last for at least 10 years. It can be stated that athletes must use “something” to be competitive. Maybe MMA-fans could make a difference by turning their back on cheaters, and steroids users. The fans could demand real penalties like a 5 year suspension for any international level sports. Maybe this can be a big step in the right direction.