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Sunday 24, May 2015

Lifetime Ban On Wanderlei Silva Reversed

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Lifetime Ban On Wanderlei Silva Reversed

The now-retired mixed martial artist Wanderlei Silva has escaped a lifetime ban and a fine of $70,000 imposed on him for fleeing from a random drug test last year.

The ruling comes four days after the Nevada State Athletic Commission amended many of its guidelines, including a four-year suspension and a fine of 50 percent of the athlete’s purse for avoiding a test.

In May 2014, Silva ran from a drug test the Nevada State Athletic Commission tried to administer at the Las Vegas gym of the fighter. The 38-year-old later admitted that he had taken diuretics. For the infraction, the NSAC banned Silva for life and the MMA fighter later announced his retirement from Mixed Martial Arts.

In January, Wanderlei Silva appealed ruling of the NSAC and contended that the Commission lacked jurisdiction to even test him as he did not have the license of an active fighter in Nevada. However, it was argued by NSAC that the fighter was scheduled to fight Chael Sonnen at UFC 175 on July 5, 2014 that clearly revealed his intent to fight within the state. On this particular issue, Judge Earley ruled in favor of the NSAC and stated that the commission had properly exercised jurisdiction over Wanderlei Silva.

Judge Kerry L. Earley ruled in favor of an assertion made by the former MMA fighter that the punishment that was voted in September on unanimously by the Nevada State Athletic Commission was “arbitrary, capricious and not supported by substantial evidence.” A rehearing, as part of the court’s ruling, has been ordered for allocating proper punishment for the violation of Wanderlei Silva.

Silva’s attorney Ross Goodman applauded ruling of the judge in a statement. Goodman stated we are pleased that the court set aside the disciplinary actions ordered against Silva and reversed its decision and remanded for a re-hearing after finding that the NSAC violated Silva’s rights. The attorney added while we believe this is the first step in the right direction and we are evaluating our options to appeal this order given the court’s failure to specifically address whether the NSAC also violated jurisdiction limits.

The former PRIDE Middleweight Champion was also crowned the 2003 PRIDE Middleweight Grand Prix Tournament Champion. Silva (35-12-1), the former Pride middleweight champion, celebrated the decision and thanked all of his supporters. Nicknamed “The Axe Murderer“, Silva history was made today for all MMA fighters and added that we succeeded at reversing a very unjust sentence given by this Commission. Silva also commented that he hopes that this never happens to another athlete and also said it was not right for the Commission to do that.

The Brazilian former mixed martial artist is best known for holding the record for the most wins, title defenses, knockouts, and longest winning streak in PRIDE history. Silva made his official UFC debut at UFC Brazil: Ultimate Brazil on October 16, 1998 in a match against Vitor Belfort where he lasted only 44 seconds after he was knocked down against the cage by Belfort’s punches.

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Wednesday 20, May 2015

Cris Cyborg Is Just All Roids, Says Ronda Rousey

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Cris Cyborg Is Just All Roids, Says Ronda Rousey

Ronda Jean Rousey, American mixed martial artist, has slammed Cris Justino and her past with performance enhancing drugs.

Ronda Rousey blasted ability of Justino, the Brazilian mixed martial artist, and added she is a product of performance enhancing drugs. Ronda commented that Justino (nickname Cyborg) is one of those people where it’s all just roids and muscle and no technique. Rousey went on to remark that Justino is actually afraid of facing her.

Cris Justino tested positive for an anabolic steroid and the result of her win over Hiroko Yamanaka on December 17th, 2011 was changed to a no-contest. It was announced by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) that the license of Cris Cyborg was suspended and she was fined $2,500 as the result of a positive test for a banned substance. The drug test of the he former Strikeforce Women’s Featherweight Champion came back positive for Stanozolol metabolites.

At that time, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker responded that we have a consistent and strong stance against any use of performance enhancing drugs. Coker added we also have a long history of supporting effective drug testing of athletes by authorized regulatory bodies and therefore, we will closely monitor the matter and will work with the California State Athletic Commission regarding any information we may be asked to provide.

Since her pro debut in 2005, Justino (13-1, 1 NC) has not lost. The 29-year-old Justino is presently the Invicta FC 145-pound champion and former Strikeforce champ in FC 145-pound class.

A fight between Rousey and Justono seems inevitable but only of the Brazilian mixed martial artist can make 135 pounds. In July, Justino will defend her 145-pound belt at Invicta FC 13. If Justino manages to have a bout at 135 against Rousey, this would be the biggest fight in women’s MMA history.

Presently, Rousey (11-0) is the undisputed best women’s fighter in the world and she has finished all but one of her fights in the first round itself. Rousey’s last two bouts ended in a combined 30 seconds. A win over Cris Justino would help cement the legacy of Rousey as the greatest women’s fighter of all time.

Rousey, the consensus #1 pound-for-pound female MMA fighter in the world, is listed by Fight Matrix as the #1 Current Pound for Pound Women’s MMA Fighter, the #1 Current Women’s MMA Bantamweight Fighter, and the #1 Women’s MMA Fighter of all time. Ronda Rousey has the distinction of being the first and current UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion. Rousey is undefeated in mixed martial arts and became the first woman from the United States to earn an Olympic medal in Judo at the Beijing Summer Olympics in 2008. The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced in November 2012 that Rousey had become the first female fighter to sign with the UFC. In 2014, Rousey appeared in the film The Expendables 3 and she has roles in the 2015 film Furious 7 and the upcoming Entourage. At WrestleMania 31, her first professional wrestling started when she and Furious 7 co-star The Rock confronted Triple H and Stephanie McMahon.

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Friday 18, Jul 2014

UFC Flyweight Ali Bagautinov Suspended

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UFC flyweight title challenger Ali Bagautinov has been suspended for one year after failing his UFC 174 pre-fight drug test.

Bagautinov, who lost to champion Demetrious Johnson, tested positive for erythropoietin (EPO). The British Columbia Athletic Commission (BCAC) tested Bagautinov and seven other fighters using World Anti-Doping Agency standards in addition to their own anti-doping rules. In an official press release, BCAC disclosed that there were eight UFC 174 competitors tested on June 14, 2014, for the presence of banned substances, including the two flyweight title fighters and six random competitors and added that all competitors’ test results complied with World Anti-Doping Agency Standards subscribed to by the BC athletic commissioner, as well as our anti-doping policies.

The press release added Ali Bagautinov – one of the two flyweight title fighters – was tested out of competition on June 2, 2014 in addition to the June 14 tests and results received by this office from the June 2 tests on Bagautinov were positive for erythropoietin, or EPO – a substance banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency. It was further remarked that these results were not available prior to the UFC 174 event due to lab processing times. It was also disclosed that the license of Bagautinov to compete in British Columbia has been suspended for a period of one year. The British Columbia Athletic Commission added the focus of the BC Athletic Commission is to ensure fighter safety and maintain the integrity of the sport so athletes are competing on a level playing field.

In the past, Bagautinov was banned from the International Sambo Federation for use of the performance-enhancing substance Methylhexaneamine.

The Avar Dagestani-born Russian mixed martial artist has been a professional MMA competitor since 2009. Bagautinov currently competes in the flyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship and is #4 in official UFC flyweight rankings as of May 26, 2014. Bagautinov became a world combat sambo champion in 2012 World Sambo Championships. He defeated Belarusian Sambo fighter Novitski Vladislav via decision (15-0) in the quarterfinals and defeated Asset Sagyndykov via armbar submission at 0:35 in first round in the tournament final. However, Bagautinov was stripped of all awards of Sambo and suspended from competition for a period of two years after he tested positive for Methylhexaneamine. A veteran of the Russian MMA promotion Fight Nights, Bagautinov made his professional MMA debut in December 2009 and was listed as one of the top flyweight prospects in 2013.

An official statement by UFC on the alleged positive test of Bagautinov revealed that UFC 174 competitor Ali Bagautinov has been suspended by the British Columbia Athletic Commission for testing positive for erythropoietin (EPO). It was added that the fighter was also informed that his positive test violated the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy and Promotional Agreement with Zuffa, LLC. The UFC added it has a strict, consistent policy against the use of any illegal and/or performance-enhancing drugs, stimulants or masking agents by our athletes and Bagautinov will serve a one-year suspension and must pass a drug test at the conclusion of his suspension before receiving clearance to compete in the UFC again.

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Saturday 12, Jul 2014

Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort Admits Failing Drug Test

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UFC middleweight Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort has admitted he tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone on February 7, 2014. The middleweight contender has also been pulled out from UFC 175 after the failed random drug test.

Belfort (24-10 MMA, 13-6 UFC) was originally slated to appear before the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) to get a license to fight against the Chael Sonnen, who retired a few days back, at the July 5 event inside Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Events Center.

The Brazilian mixed martial artist and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion has also been removed from the upcoming NSAC agenda as he is no longer in urgent need of a license to compete in Nevada. The UFC 12 Heavyweight Tournament Champion claimed that his high testosterone levels were because of testosterone replacement therapy treatment that was administered by his doctor the day before the NSAC test.

Belfort posted lab reports that revealed his testosterone level was 1472 milligrams per deciliter on February 7 that is considered to be “above therapeutic range.” According to a test result dated February 22, Belfort modified his TRT regiment and his testosterone levels dropped to a more reasonable 681 mg/Dl within two weeks. He added his physicians had immediately modified his therapy to return him to within the therapeutic range.

In 2006, Belfort tested positive for 4-hydroxytestosterone, which is legally defined as an anabolic steroid and banned in Major League Baseball and other sports. Belfort lost a unanimous decision to Pride Welterweight Champion Dan Henderson at Pride 32: The Real Deal on October 21, 2006. It was argued by Belfort that he bought an over-the-counter supplement which contained 4-Hydroxytestosterone and explained that he could have received the drug as the result of rehabilitative injections given to him by Brazilian endocrinologist Dr. Rodrigo M. Greco to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. In a statement to NSAC, Dr. Greco stated that he administered post surgical injections containing testosterone to Belfort, who was then suspended for nine months from the date of the hearing and fined $10,000.

The NSAC decided to ban Testosterone replacement therapy a few days after Belfort took his test. Meanwhile, the UFC defended Belfort in its statement and said the UFC organization supports Vitor Belfort’s application for a license to compete in Nevada, and we respect the Nevada Athletic Commission and its licensing process and added we pending commission approval look forward to a great fight between Vitor Belfort and Chael Sonnen at UFC 175 on July 5.

In his first sanctioned mixed martial arts match, Belfort at the age of 19 defeated Jon Hess in 12 seconds by knockout. In his debut event in the UFC, Belfort beat two fighters and won the UFC 12 Heavyweight Tournament to become the youngest fighter to ever score a victory inside the octagon. In 1999, Vítor moved on to fight in the PRIDE Fighting Championships in Japan and fought against some of the most famous names, including Alistair Overeem, Gilbert Yvel, Daijiro Matsui, Bobby Southworth, and Heath Herring.

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Monday 16, Jun 2014

Chael Sonnen Announces Retirement

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Chael Sonnen Announces Retirement

UFC light heavyweight Chael Sonnen who failed a random drug test from the Nevada State Athletic Commission has announced his retirement from competitive mixed martial arts on June 11, 2014.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) found Sonnen’s sample positive for two illegal substances, Anastrozole and Clomiphene.

Clomiphene is a female infertility drug and is used by athletes and bodybuilders to prevent estrogenic side effects (such as oily skin and gynecomastia) that are associated with the use of anabolic androgenic steroids. Anastrozole (Arimidex) is medically prescribed for treating breast cancer and is used for on-cycle support by athletes while using anabolic steroids.

Sonnen, who last competed in the Light Heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, expressed frustration with the recent rule changes by NSAC regarding Testosterone replacement therapy. Explaining his positive drug test, Chael Sonnen remarked there is a transition period while getting off from TRT and he couldn’t have been more open or more transparent. He added he used perfectly legal substances that are not performance enhancing drugs or anabolic steroids. Sonnen went on to remark that he used the drugs for preventing side effects from getting off Testosterone replacement therapy and also required them for fertility reasons. Sonnen remarked doctors prescribed him Anastrozole and Clomiphene with a hope of stimulating natural testosterone production after TRT was banned by the Nevada Athletic Commission in February.

Sonnen further remarked that his legitimate medical need for estrogen blockers would not allow him to stop taking them, leaving him with no option but to announce his retirement. He thanked his fans, team members, Fox Sports, UFC executives, and Nevada State Athletic Commission board member Bill Brady and also thanked former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, whom he challenged for the title in 2010 and 2012. Sonnen said he wants to thank the single most important opponent he ever had.

In 2009, Sonnen’s career took off after he mocked Silva in public events and media interviews. Sonnen was superior to Silva through four rounds of a title fight at UFC 117 in August 2010 before he submitted to a triangle choke in the final round. After this fight, Sonnen tested positive for an elevated testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio for which he was fined $2,500 and suspended for one year (until September 2, 2011) by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) though his suspension was later reduced to six months. Sonnen then revealed a diagnosis of hypogonadism and being approved for TRT. A rematch against Anderson Silva remains the highest-grossing UFC event ever held in Las Vegas. It took place at UFC 148 in July 2012 and the event drew an attendance of 15,016 and a live gate of $7 million wherein Sonnen lost via TKO in the second round.

The three-time UFC title contender started his career in May 1997 and was pulled out by the UFC from a light heavyweight bout against Vitor Belfort, scheduled for July 5 in Las Vegas, because of the failed drug test. One of the biggest pay-per-view draws in the UFC, Sonnen (28-14-1), Sonnen hosted “UFC Tonight” with Kenny Florian and also acted as an analyst for UFC live events.

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Sunday 25, May 2014

Juan Manuel Marquez May Be Doping, Says Conte

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Juan Manuel Marquez May Be Doping, Says Conte

Mexican professional boxer Juan Manuel Márquez Méndez, a five-division world champion, may be using banned performance enhancing drugs, according to Victor Conte. The presence of acne on the chest on Marquez was rated as a sign of doping by Conte who remarked elevated testosterone levels in teen males can cause acne.

Conte made these comments after Marquez scored a sensational win over Mike Alvarado in their 12-round welterweight clash. Marquez booked a 117-109, 117-109, 119-108 win over Alvarado. Several boxing enthusiasts started criticizing Marquez after his chest was seen filled with pimples and acne.

Conte, the founder of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative or BALCO, spent four months in jail after his company was found guilty of producing and distributing anabolic androgenic steroids. He also served a four-month house arrest after he pleaded guilty for conspiracy to distribute steroids and money laundering. Since then, Victor Conte has made every possible attempt to be seen as a big supporter of drug testing in sports. Nowadays, Conte is involved in research for producing legal ways of making athletes perform better including hypoxic training.

In a statement, Conte blasted drug testing methods performed by the state commissions, inability of the media to report it, and the lack of interest of boxing promoters in cleaning up the sport. Conte went on to remark that promoters of boxing are enabling and promoting the use of performance enhancing drugs in boxing and this is all because of money. He continued that a dark cloud will hover without random testing and added random testing hopefully will become the standard for elite boxers in the near future.

Max Kellerman, the host of Face Off and one of the voices of HBO boxing, also raised his doubts about Juan Manuel Marquez. Kellerman said he is always highly cynical when he sees a guy who gets faster when he gets older and added that we live in a time where even before you get in association with people who have been caught up in scandals involving PEDs, there’s always that cloud of suspicion with a modern athlete who performs well and maybe differently as he gets to an advanced athletic age.  Kellerman also remarked there is always that suspicion and that has certainly followed Marquez in recent years, particularly after the (fourth Manny) Pacquiao fight.

However, John Kelvin of Boxing News 24, said the emphatic win was a result of Marquez’s great conditioning and savvy in the ring. The boxing writer said this accusation has been floating around since Marquez linked up with strength and conditioning coach Angel Heredia, before his knockout victory over his great rival Manny Pacquiao. He added Juan Manuel Marquez has never failed a drug test in his career, so there is no evidence to suggest that he is doing anything illegal. In his article, Kelvin remarked it is disrespectful of some fans to throw such damaging accusations at a great fighter who has given so many great nights and fights to the world. Marquez has got to the level he is at in his career due to hard work, determination, and discipline.

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Sunday 27, Apr 2014

Rousey Is ‘New Chuck Liddell,’ Says Dana White

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Rousey Is ‘New Chuck Liddell,’ Says Dana White

Dana White, the President of the mixed martial arts organization Ultimate Fighting Championship, has remarked MMA fighter Ronda Jean Rousey is his new Chuck Liddell, “The Iceman.”

White remarked Rousey wanted to fight Alexis Davis at UFC 175 for the July 5 fight card (at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Events Center) as she wanted to get back in the octagon as soon as possible.

Liddlle is highly admired in the MMA circles and is best known for testing his skills against anyone at any time and White remarked Ronda Jean Rousey owns that same mindset. White added she wants to fight, so she’ll fight back-to-back, she’ll fight on 24 hours’ notice – she’s the new Chuck Liddell.

Termed as “the biggest star in UFC history” by UFC president Dana White, the women’s bantamweight champion recently received flak for her comments against Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino.

Rousey accused Justino of being a user of anabolic androgenic steroids for long and said she is not a woman anymore. Condemning her remarks, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said he would never want to verbalize disrespect for a fighter but to characterize her as the biggest star in MMA is a little disrespectful to a lot of fighters who have put in year after year after year in this game. Rebney added if Ronda fights ‘Cyborg’ and she could beat ‘Cyborg,’ he thinks that would be a big statement as to where she is in the game but to characterize her as the biggest star is a bit disingenuous but he thinks there are a lot of huge stars in MMA.

Ronda Jean Rousey is the first and current UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion and is undefeated Rousey became the first American woman to bag an Olympic medal in Judo at the Summer Olympics in Beijing in 2008. She trains under Gokor Chivichyan of the Hayastan MMA Academy and enlisted former undefeated boxing and kickboxing champion Lucia Rijker in July 2012 as striking coach. According to MMARising and other publications, she is the consensus #1 pound-for-pound female MMA fighter in the world and is the #10 pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC s of March 10, 2014. Rousey will soon hit the movie stage with her roles in The Expendables 3 and Fast & Furious 7.

In another development, UFC commentator Joe Rogan has remarked Ronda Rousey would win if there is a fight between Rousey and undefeated boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. Rogan remarked it is all about how much time Floyd has to prepare, because he will really have to work on his takedown defense and that would be the big thing. The commentator said if Ronda got a clinch on him, it’s not just about worrying about being taken down to the ground, it’s worrying about knees to the body and went on to add that it is worrying about her manipulating his body in ways that he doesn’t understand. Rogan remarked Mayweather would need at least six months of training to be able to have a chance with Rousey.

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Friday 25, Apr 2014

Ronda Rousey Unloads On Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino

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Ronda Jean Rousey, the first and current UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion, has blistered Cris “Cyborg” Justino for her steroid use. Rousey said use of steroids is criminal and urged fighters to be banned from competition after one failed test.

 Rousey also remarked she is turned off by what she termed as long-term use of performance enhancing drugs by Justino who admitted to using the anabolic steroid Stanozolol prior to her December 17, 2011, bout against Hiroko Yamanak to help her make weight. Justino however remarked Stanozolol use came as a result of bad advice. Last month, she said that she always had muscles for as long as she remembers and it is how she was born. She added Stanozolol (Winstrol) use was for the weight and it was a mistake, but it wasn’t to cheat and get muscles.

The last Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion, Rousey raved about jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai kickboxing skills of Alexis Davis who she will be fight for a July 5 title defense in Las Vegas. Rousey remarked she thinks the reason why people don’t know her so well has nothing to do with her actual talent and more to do with the way she has chosen to promote her fights.

Ronda Rousey also said it would be a dream to compete against Gina Carano and had words of praise for the skills of former boxing champion Holly Holm. Rousey said he totally adores Gina and a fight against her would be a privilege and an honor. Rousey remarked she will be honored to fight a competitor like Gina, who is an example of what real respect and honor is in the cage. She also said Holm, the former boxing champion, is fantastic and she thinks UFC fans would love her.

Rousey said she does not buy Justino’s argument and remarked she thought penalties for using performance enhancing drugs should be much stiffer than they are. Rousey said penalties should be stronger due to the potential consequences of steroid usage and added she was in favor of random, unannounced testing as is done during Olympic competition.

Justino was suspended by California Commission for one year and fined her $2,500. Ronda Jean Rousey came heavily on Justino and remarked this girl has been on steroids for so long and has been injecting herself for so long that she’s not even a woman anymore. Rousey added she’s an ‘it’ and this is not good for the women’s division. Rousey went on to remark she could ruin the whole sport and even though it’s a fight a lot of people want to see, even if she beats the living crap out of her, it won’t be good for the sport because then she’d still be in the UFC.

Americana MMA owner Peter Giannoulis said Rousey should be suspended or fined for her comments about Cyborg. Cyborg is making efforts to make it to the 135-pound weight class of Rousey so she can enter the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and challenge her.

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Tuesday 18, Mar 2014

Chael Sonnen Could Stop His UFC Participation

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Chael Sonnen Could Stop His UFC Participation

American mixed martial artist Chael Sonnen has admitted that his fighting days may be over. Sonnen made this stunning announcement after the apparent elimination of therapeutic-use exemptions (TUEs) for Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts.

Sonnen said on an edition of “UFC Tonight” that he may not continue competing in the Octagon if he cannot find a good way to help improve his lagging testosterone to a normal level. The #8 in official UFC light heavyweight rankings and #15 in middleweight said he may have to stop the sport if it does not work and it is as simple as that. These comments made by Sonnen were part of a discussion on the recent decision of the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) to ban Testosterone replacement therapy exemptions in the state. Chael Sonnen also remarked that he and his team are educating themselves on the new process and potential alternatives. Till a solution is reached, the UFC fighter said his days in the cage could be quickly drawing to a close. He added that an athlete should not have to choose between sport or health and it should be a combination of both.

The decision of NSAC was soon followed by the UFC and later on by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) that issued a “total ban” on testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).

At the age of 19, Sonnen made his MMA career by defeating Ben Hailey in 1997. He then went on to defeat future ICON Sport Middleweight Champion and Strikeforce Middleweight contender Jason “Mayhem” Miller. Chael Sonnen made his UFC debut against former IFC Light Heavyweight Champion Renato Sobral at UFC 55. He then debuted in May 2006 for Bodog Fight and defeated Tim Credeur via TKO. Sonnen defeated future Ultimate Fighter member Kyacey Uscola at SuperFight 20: Homecoming. Sonnen was suspended by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) for one year and fined $2,500 after his loss to Anderson Silva at UFC 117 on August 7, 2010. It was revealed that Sonnen had an unallowably high testosterone/epitestosterone (T/E) ratio of 16.9:1 at the time of the fight while the T/E ratio of an average man is 1:1 and a ratio as high as 4:1 may be allowed by some testing bodies for athletes undergoing Testosterone replacement therapy treatment.

In another development, Chris Weidman who has been one of the more outspoken critics of TRT expressed satisfaction on the recent decision by NSAC. Weidman said he had made it no secret at all for his stance on TRT and added he always thought it was cheating and went on to remark that there was just guys taking advantage of it, so it’s a huge step in the right direction for the sport to get rid of that. Weidman added there has always going to be people cheating out there, but when it was guided cheating and people were allowed to cheat, that was not right and it’s a step in the right direction.

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Sunday 16, Mar 2014

Total Ban On TRT Announced By California Commission

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Total Ban On TRT Announced By California Commission

The California State Athletic Commission has announced a total ban on testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). This move was announced by Commission officials, a week after the Nevada State Athletic Commission issued a ban on TRT and urged other regulatory bodies to follow suit to ban Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE).

The NSAC recently became the first commission to outright ban TUEs for testosterone replacement therapy.

The move by Nevada also prompted the UFC-backed Comissao Atletica Brasileira de MMA (CABMMA), Brazil’s regulatory body, to ban exemptions for testosterone replacement therapy. CABMMA however allowed Dan Henderson (29-11 MMA, 6-5 UFC) to use the hormone for his fight with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua on March 23 at UFC Fight Night 38. Ironically, Henderson was the first MMA fighter to receive a TUE for testosterone replacement therapy in Nevada and he is the last in Brazil.

In another development, New Jersey counsel Nick Lembo said the commission will look at Nevada’s decision but would not be making any immediate changes.

According to a statement by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC), it will soon require World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) standards to receive a testosterone replacement therapy exemption and no therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) will be granted in the state of California until those rules are enacted. In the statement, CSAC Executive Officer Andy Foster said the California State Athletic Commission fully supports the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s decision to eliminate Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE) for Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) in boxing and mixed martial arts. Foster added that California is a strong supporter of anti-doping efforts and as part of California’s anti-doping efforts, the Commission recently began the rulemaking process to require meeting World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) standards as the only way to obtain a TUE for TRT.

The California State Athletic Commission Executive Officer also said this standard is so high that it is an effective ban except under the most extreme circumstances and remarked that until the rulemaking process is complete and the regulations are fully adopted, the Commission has a total ban on TRT. California remains committed to protecting the health and safety of athletes and having strict anti-doping standards is one of the ways this is accomplished.

Meanwhile, President of the Association of Boxing Commissions has recommended that member commissions follow current protocols for testosterone replacement therapy exemptions. Tim Lueckenhoff said he will ask the medical committee to consider and review Nevada’s new position on the matter which is a strong deviation from their past practice. Lueckenhoff added he will also ask our legal committee to counsel us about the legal ramifications, if any, from an outright ban without exception for any reason.  Lueckenhoff also remarked that we are always interested in the subject of PED usage and proper testing and are pleased that Nevada’s action is igniting a healthy debate on the subject matter.

In 2011, the Association of Boxing Commissions crafted guidelines for testosterone replacement therapy exemptions as part of its Handbook of Ringside Medicine. New Jersey chief ringside physician and ABC medical committee director Dr. Sherry Wulkan were at the forefront of crafting the policy.

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