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Friday 14, Mar 2014

UFC Bantamweight Fighter Fails Test For Marijuana

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UFC Bantamweight Fighter Fails Test For Marijuana

According to representatives from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, the split decision win of UFC bantamweight fighter Jessica Eye over Sarah Kaufman at UFC 166 on October 19 in Houston has been changed to a no-decision. This was after Jessica, the American professional mixed martial artist who currently competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship in the bantamweight division, tested positive for marijuana after which she was fined $1,875 and placed on a “one year fully probated suspension.”

Kaufman, after learning of the failed test of Jessica Eye, remarked she hates to see our sport marred by athletes who can’t seem to control what substances they put in their bodies and it’s disrespectful to their opponents and employers.

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation public information officer Susan Stanford remarked Jessica can still fight in the interim while she is effectively “on probation as long as she complies” with the administrative order.

In her official statement on the matter that was released through the UFC, Jessica Eye remarked she was recently alerted to the fact that she was issued a fully probated suspension and fine by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. The UFC fighter added that while she intend to discuss with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation the overturning of my victory at UFC 166, she had accepted the terms of the probation and intend to compete at UFC 170 on February 22. Eye added she pride herself on following the rules and representing her family, teammates, sponsors, and fans in the best light possible and apologized for any distractions this has caused.

Meanwhile, UFC president Dana White has defended Jessica Eye and said she honestly meant no harm in the matter. White remarked so let me explain the Jessica Eye situation – that thing popped up on my radar like the day it happened. The UFC president added that he understands where you guys are coming from, but let me put you in her situation, Jessica finally makes it in the UFC, the big stage, and first thing most of these people have never dealt with media at the level that they deal with now and nobody ever cared what she said and she gets busted for weed.

White also said that Jessica started panicking when all this stuff started happening and she didn’t know what she could say and couldn’t say, and she didn’t want anybody to know. He also said Jessica is not media savvy, she’s scared and she didn’t know what she was going to get in trouble for or not in trouble for. White revealed in Nevada (the legal limit) it’s 150 (ng/mL), she was 16 (ng/mL).  Texas (limit) is 15 (ng/ML). The WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) raised their standard for marijuana last year to 150 ng/mL while the state of Nevada, a commission routinely looked at for drug testing in combat sports, raised their limit for marijuana from 50 ng/ML to 150 ng/mL but Texas has a limit set 10 times less than the recognized testing limit by both WADA and commissions in states like Nevada.

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Saturday 08, Mar 2014

NSAC Bans Fighters From Using TRT

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NSAC Bans Fighters From Using TRT

The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), in a landmark decision, has unanimously approved a motion to ban the practice of awarding fighters a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) in the state of Nevada for testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). The decision comes in the wake of an ESPN story that covered how high testosterone replacement therapy exemptions are in the MMA world.

This ban on TRT is effective immediately and stretches across the realms of mixed martial arts, boxing, and kickboxing. It includes users who have received TUEs for TRT from the Nevada State Athletic Commission in the past and future applicants for TRT. The NSAC officials urged representatives from fellow athletic commissions to put a similar ban in their states by banning TRT exemptions in their corresponding states.

NSAC Chairman Francisco Aguilar said he is comfortable with the information we have before us, and I would welcome and encourage the ABC (Association of Boxing Commissions) to look at this issue for all commissions in all states across the country. He further added that he believes it is important that there be a standard set, and he thinks we’re not afraid of making that standard known, and then following the discussion after this point in time. Aguilar added he do believe that this is something that gives people an unfair advantage for these actual benefits and said he thinks that it’s unfair for those fighters who are lucky enough to not have to go through the process. Aguilar added it is not fair to them when they have to meet a competitor, who is, somehow, could be (using) an advantage.

The UFC, minutes after the decision of NSAC, made an announcement that it will also ban TRT exemptions moving forward. Dana White tweeted that it is a great day in the sport and he applauded NSAC. The UFC President remarked TRT needed to go away. In an official statement, the UFC said the Ultimate Fighting Championship fully supports the decision made today by the Nevada State Athletic Commission regarding the immediate termination of therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) for testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). The statement reads we believe our athletes should compete based on their natural abilities and on an even playing field. We also intend to honor this ruling in international markets where, due to a lack of governing bodies, the UFC oversees regulatory efforts for our live events and we encourage all athletic commissions to adopt this ruling. After the UFC announcement, Vitor Belfort has withdrawn from UFC 173 and now Lyoto Machida will fight UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman on the upcoming pay-per-view card, which takes place May 24.

Dr. Don Catlin, a leading anti-doping expert of the MMA testosterone exemptions, said he is on the IOC committee that reviews [therapeutic-use exemptions for testosterone] requests. Catlin said we essentially grant none but in boxing and MMA there is no central control and there is no set of rules that everybody has to follow. Therapeutic-use exemptions for testosterone should be rare, according to U.S. and international anti-doping agencies. They believe such exemptions should be permitted only in dire medical cases such as testicular cancer and Hodgkin’s disease.

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Monday 10, Feb 2014

Ken Shamrock Appreciates Voluntary Drug Testing

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Ken shamrock appreciates voluntary drug testing

Ken Shamrock, one of the biggest stars of MMA, has appreciated Filipino-American boxer Nonito “The Filipino Flash” for his efforts to clean up the sport by willingly opting for voluntary drug testing.

Shamrock remarked the Filipino-American boxer has become the ideal example of a drug-free fighter after subscribing to 24/7 drug testing with the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA). Shamrock, who admitted to using anabolic steroids in the past, said Nonito Donaire is a name that comes into my mind and is someone who has proven that he does not use steroids because he does random drug testing. Ken Shamrock said the fighter has demonstrated there is nothing to hide as he is open to testing at any given time. The MMA great, who is best known for his rivalry with Brazilian jiu-jitsu great Royce Gracie in the early 1990s, said anti-doping officials can come to his gym whenever they want and they would test Donaire.

Shamrock became the first UFC superfight champion after he defeated Dan Severn at UFC 6. He was the first foreign MMA champion in Japan after he won the title of King of Pancrase. Shamrock then entered the world of professional wrestling to become the WWF intercontinental champion, the WWF tag team champion, and the 1998 WWF “King of the Ring.”

Shamrock remarked he never used steroids while in the ring and never fought using them. He added he understands the present-day turmoil in the context of drug testing in MMA but said the fighters who have already been making money can afford to get around the testing. Shamrock, described by many as “The World’s Most Dangerous Man“, is working these days as a security guard for the world-renowned rapper 50 Cent.

The retired American mixed martial artist, UFC Hall of Famer, and professional wrestler emerged as one of the biggest stars in the history of mixed martial arts during the course of his career. Shamrock set many pay-per-view records with his drawing power. Considered to be the #1 mixed martial artist in the world, Shamrock was ranked by Inside MMA as one of the top 10 greatest mixed martial arts fighters of all time. World Wrestling Entertainment—formerly the World Wrestling Federation—credited Shamrock for popularizing the ankle lock that was named by it one of the top five submission holds in history. Born Kenneth Wayne Kilpatrick, Shamrock came to overnight prominence by defeating world kickboxing champion and future UFC Heavyweight Champion Maurice Smith and Alex Cook in the Opening Round of the 16 man King of Pancrase Tournament. He defeated Masakatsu Funaki and Manabu Yamada in the Second Round to become the first King of Pancrase.

Shamrock’s finishing moves were mostly all about ankle locks and his signature moves included sleeper hold, hurricanrana, and belly-to-belly suplex. Ken Shamrock is the only fighter to ever defend the UFC Superfight Championship and is credited with having the longest Fight in UFC History UFC 5 at 36 minutes. He was the first inductee into the UFC hall of fame with Royce Gracie and was the first fighter to defend a UFC title belt. Shamrock was ranked by Pro Wrestling Illustrated as the Most Improved Wrestler of the Year (1997) and #8 of the 500 best singles wrestlers of the PWI Years in 1998.

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Thursday 06, Feb 2014

Dana White Supports TRT Ban

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Dana white supports trt ban

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White has called therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) for testosterone replacement therapy a form of “cheating.”

White has supported the proposal of the Association of Ringside Physicians to eliminate TUE in combat sports.

The Association of Ringside Physicians (ARP) recently issued an announcement that decried the practice of athletic commissions granting TUE for testosterone replacement therapy. It was remarked by ARP that the incidence of hypogonadism requiring the use of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) in professional athletes is extraordinarily rare and the use of anabolic steroids such as testosterone in a professional boxer or mixed martial artist is rarely justified. ARP added that the use of any type of steroid, including unmerited testosterone, significantly increases the safety and health risk to combat sports athletes and their opponents. It also added that testosterone replacement therapy may give an unfair advantage to a combat sports athlete contradictory to the integrity of sport and the Association of Ringside Physicians consequently supports the general elimination of therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) for testosterone replacement therapy.

White’s hard-line stance on TRT is believed to have come after Vitor Belfort’s request for a TRT exemption when he will meet 185-pound champion Chris Weidman this summer. White remarked Belfort drives him crazy and both of them were not on good terms a few months ago.

Velfort is one of the many fighters using testosterone replacement therapy. The UFC fighter has been widely criticized for using the treatment in spite of his tainted history with the abuse of performance enhancing drugs. The Brazilian mixed martial artist and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion is #2 in official UFC middleweight rankings as of January 27, 2014.

Popularly known as “The Phenom“, Vitor Vieira Belfort failed a steroid test for testosterone at Pride 32: The Real Deal on October 21, 2006, before his Pride fight in Las Vegas where he lost to Dan Henderson. Belfort tested positive for 4-hydroxytestosterone, an illegal substance and claimed he bought an over the counter supplement containing the substance. He also explained that he may have received the substance as the result of rehabilitative injections administered to him by Brazilian endocrinologist Dr. Rodrigo M. Greco after a surgery for repairing a torn meniscus in his knee in the summer of 2006. Belfort was suspended for nine months from the date of hearing on December 21, 2006 after the Nevada State Athletic Commission said Belfort was still in violation of banned substances policy even if the practitioner did not inform him that the post surgical injections (containing testosterone) contained anabolic steroids. In Nevada, no fighter who has tested positive for anabolic steroids in the past has received a therapeutic use exemption.

Belfort, at the age of 19, became the youngest fighter to ever score a victory inside the octagon. Vítor participated in Japan’s PRIDE Fighting Championships and fought against the likes of Alistair Overeem, Bobby Southworth, Heath Herring, Gilbert Yvel, and Daijiro Matsui. On May 18, 2013, Belfort faced final Strikeforce Middleweight Champion and promotional newcomer at UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Rockhold and won the fight in the first round via knockout.

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Saturday 25, Jan 2014

Georges St-Pierre Claims Doping Stance Of UFC Behind Departure

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Georges St-Pierre Claims Doping Stance Of UFC Behind Departure

Georges St-Pierre, the former UFC welterweight champion, has claimed that he walked away from the UFC because of the promotion’s stance toward testing for performance enhancing drugs. St-Pierre recently said a lack of strenuous drug testing was one of the factors that led to his decision to step away from the sport.

The UFC fighter tried to get Hendricks to agree to random, unannounced drug testing prior to his fight at UFC 167 on November 16 with Johny Hendricks. Hendricks agreed initially but then decided not to and said he wanted the testing to be administered by the World Anti-Doping Agency. However, St-Pierre had arranged the deal with the Las Vegas-based Voluntary Anti-Doping Association and went through the testing himself and passed all of the tests he was given. Georges St-Pierre believed that the UFC didn’t supported hum in this efforts of implementing the testing that prompted UFC president Dana White to call the situation “weird” during an interview.

St-Pierre went on to remark that he is still undecided on whether or not to make a return to the sport that he dominated for as many as seven years. The fighter remarked he would not make enhanced drug testing a condition of his return.

Meanwhile, UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta said he was disappointed to learn of the comments of St-Pierre and said he would call on the fighter once he is done with reading all of the stories from the interview St-Pierre gave. The UFC CEO went on to remark that UFC has a very, very strong stance against any performance enhancing drugs and it would surely be supporting whatever drug testing a state athletic commission would request of a UFC fighter. He also remarked that he would be fully supportive even if a commission wanted to test UFC fighters both before and after a fight.

Fertitta also pointed that UFC paid for enhanced testing for both Travis Browne and Josh Barnett prior to their bout at UFC 168 on December 28 in Las Vegas. Fertitta added that the topic of drug testing did not surface when Georges informed the promotion he was vacating the title in December. He said we have made it clear, through presentations at various athletic commissions, that we advocate for the most rigorous drug testing possible and we’ve actually advocated for harsher penalties for PEDs. The UFC CEO and co-owner also said the UFC never has turned down a request from an athletic commission to pay for additional drug testing. Fertitta also remarked that maybe Georges didn’t understand the level of drug testing Nevada was doing and they are the ultimate authority that handles drug testing, medicals and everything else — and they are very capable. Fertitta also went on to say that we obviously know there are some athletes that do cheat, but we are catching them and hopefully, because the penalties for being caught have gone to the extent they have — monetary, suspensions, and revocations of licenses – it is convincing these guys it’s not worth it.

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Thursday 09, Jan 2014

Silva Flunks Post-Fight Drug Test

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Silva Flunks Post-Fight Drug Test

The final result of the so-called greatest heavyweight bout in UFC history will now have an asterisk next to it. This was after Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone in a post-fight drug test in Australia after his December 6 fight against Mark Hunt in Brisbane. The bout’s result will be overturned to a no contest on Silva’s record and remain a draw on the official resume of Hunt.

UFC president Dana White who believed the fight between Mark Hunt and Antonio Silva was one of the best fights of 2013 said he was bummed out as he loved that fight so much.

According to a statement released by the UFC officials, all fighters on the UFC FIGHT NIGHT card were drug tested by an independent third-party laboratory at the event and all fighters passed their drug tests with the exception of Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. The statement added although Silva is on a medically approved regimen of Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT), and had been in compliance with therapeutic guidelines on all pre-fight tests performed prior to the event but the results of his test on the day of the event indicated a level of testosterone outside of allowable limit. It was added that Silva has been informed that the elevated testosterone level is a violation of the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy and his Promotional Agreement with Zuffa. The UFC statement revealed that Antonio Silva will receive a nine month suspension retroactive to the date of the event and he must pass a drug test upon completion of the suspension before receiving clearance to compete again. It was further added that Silva will additionally forfeit $50,000 in bonus money and the forfeited bonus will go to his opponent Mark Hunt.

António Carlos Silva, the Brazilian mixed martial artist who currently competes in the Heavyweight division of the UFC, had been medically approved for testosterone-replacement therapy and was expected to stay within legal limits at all times to continue using the treatment. Pre-fight testing showed the UFC fighter was in line with all parameters of the legal limits leading up to the bout but his post-fight test resulted in elevated levels of testosterone. This is the second failed post-fight drug test of Silva after he tested positive for anabolic steroids following a 2008 fight in the now-defunct Elite XC promotion. Silva tested positive for Boldenone, a steroid that has also cost fighters like Josh Barnett and Phil Baroni. He was then given a one-year suspension by the California State Athletic Commission and fined $2,500.

Silva is the former EliteXC Heavyweight Champion, a former Cage Rage World Heavyweight Champion, and a former Cage Warriors Super Heavyweight Champion. He is presently ranked the #5 Heavyweight in the world by Sherdog and had competed in the past for K-1 Hero’s, BodogFIGHT, Strikeforce, and World Victory Road. Antonio Silva made his professional debut in the United Kingdom against Georgian fighter Tengiz Tedoradze and won by TKO only 48 seconds into the fight. Later on, he made his debut at the Cage Rage and became the Cage Rage World Heavyweight Champion and then made a return to Cage Warriors to fight longtime veteran Ruben “Warpath” Villareal for the Cage Warriors Super Heavyweight Championship and won again via TKO, and became the Cage Warriors Super Heavyweight Champion.

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Saturday 01, Jun 2013

Anti-Doping Committee Established By IMMAF

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Anti-Doping Committee Established By IMMAF

The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation has announced its plans of establishing an anti-doping committee that is focused on enabling its members to meet World Anti-Doping Agency compliance in a year’s time.

According to an official release, the IMMAF took the step due to battling performance enhancing substance abuse is crucial not only to ensure fair play but most importantly from a health and safety perspective. Bertrand Amoussou, Vice President of the IMMAF and President of the French MMA Federation, has been selected to chair the committee, and IMMAF member federations have asked to nominate candidates to fill the committee. That process is expected to take six months, at which point the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation will outline its anti-doping plans and submit them to WADA for approval.

As per the announcement by the IMMAF, the first order of business for the committee is to investigate implementation for WADA compliance within the member federations and implications on matters such as sanctioning of professional events and compliance with the national guidelines in each individual country. Anti-doping policies are paramount if mixed martial art is ever going to become an Olympic sport.

The anti-doping committee has established its responsibilities as the development and maintenance of IMMAF anti-doping policies and procedures, ensuring compliance with the WADA code, development of IMMAF anti-doping education and information programs for all stakeholders, education of member federations and assistance in implementation of anti-doping policies and procedures, development and maintenance of the IMMAF doping control program including pre- and post-competition testing, result based testing, random testing and targeted testing, annual report on IMMAF anti-doping activities, WADA and national anti-doping organization communication, and establishment of criteria for and maintenance of the IMMAF Registered Testing Pool (RTP), identifying those who need provide their whereabouts.

The IMMAF, started in 2012, was created to further the development and recognition of the sport of MMA, enabling international competition through the organization of national federations around the world and quickly added federations in the U.S., Austria, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Nepal, and the United Kingdom. The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) was founded by Austin Wallen on Feb. 29, 2012 and this anti-doping committee’s task is to enable World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) compliance within a year’s timeframe, ensuring that mixed martial arts is up to par with other major international sports when it comes to anti-doping policies.

In another development, Ken Shemrock has remarked that Brock Lesnar could have been the best fighter in MMA history if the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) gave him ample time to grow. Lesnar, upon entry into the UFC, made it very clear that he did not want easy fights and the UFC obliged by matching him up against former heavyweight champ Frank Mir where Mir latched on a kneebar for the first-round submission finish. Lesnar officially announced his retirement from MMA in December 2011 with a 5-3 professional record, a decision that many believe was based primarily on his constant battle with diverticulitis, an intestinal disorder.

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Sunday 04, Nov 2012

Stephan Bonnar And Dave Herman Fail Drug Tests

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Stephan Bonnar And Dave Herman Fail Drug Tests

 

@Stephan Bonnar and @Dave Herman, who both competed at UFC 153 on October 13, have failed to clear post-fight drug tests.

The Ultimate Fighter’ season 1 runner-up, Bonnar, who lost to Anderson Silva in the main event of UFC 153 via TKO, tested positive for the anabolic steroid Drostanolone, announced his retirement from the sport after the bout.

Drostanolone or Masteron is an anabolic androgenic steroid that is a part of the dihydrotestosterone (DHT) family and commonly used in cutting cycles. Primarily used to treat breast cancer patients, it inhibits the production of estrogens by inhibiting the conversion  of testosterone to estrogen and is commonly used by amateur and professional sportsmen as it helps them gain from a more refined look to muscles. Since it is characterized by low water retention, muscle lines are more distinct and is commonly sold under the names, Masteron propionate and Masteron enanthate.

One of the most iconic names in Ultimate Fighting Championship history, Stephan Bonnar competed as a light heavyweight for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and was the runner up on season 1 of The Ultimate Fighter on Spike TV. Best known for having never been submitted, he trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with the legendary Carlson Gracie and has also made appearances as an analyst on the ESPN2 series MMA Live and for UFC broadcasts on the FOX television networks. This is his second positive test for anabolic steroids, the first of which followed his UFC 62 defeat to Forrest Griffin in August 2006 in a fight that is regarded by many as the most responsible for attracting casual fight fans to mixed martial arts. Bonnar tested positive for the banned substance Boldenone and was given a suspension for nine months besides a fine of $5,000. The 35-year-old Bonnar announced his retirement from mixed martial arts a little more than two weeks after the loss and finished his career with a record of 15-8. The use of Drostanolone by Bonnar is seen by many as the reason why he so quiet about his retirement from mixed martial arts and allowed Dana White to make the announcement for him.

Dave Herman, tested positive for marijuana metabolites, the same drug for which UFC welterweight Nick Diaz is presently suspended. He was submitted by Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in the co-main event of UFC 153 for his third loss in a row and also failed to clear a pre-fight drug screen issued by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation back in 2011 that makes UFC 153 his second failed drug test in less than two years. Dave Herman, an American mixed martial artist who competes in the heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, made his professional mixed martial arts debut on December 31, 2006. The UFC fighter fought for a variety of promotions including Bellator Fighting Championships, Shark Fights, and World Victory Road.

Marc Ratner, the UFC vice president of regulatory affairs, said twenty-two fighters out of 24 tested negative and two fighters tested positive. Punishments for the fighters will be issued sometime next week, Ratner said.

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Thursday 18, Oct 2012

Wrestling Athlete Accepts Sanction

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Wrestling athlete accepts sanction

John Lorenz, of Fountain, Colorado, an athlete in the sport of wrestling, has tested positive for a prohibited substance and accepted a suspension for his anti-doping rule violation, according to a statement by the United States Anti-doping Agency (USADA).

The 31-year-old accepted a two-year period of ineligibility, which began on October 4, 2011, the day he accepted his sanction. A urine sample collected out-of-competition on July 10, 2011 from Lorenz contained Clomiphene that is in the class of Hormone Antagonists and Modulators. Clomiphene (Clomid), a female fertility drug, is commonly used to boost the production of natural hormones such as testosterone immediately before the end of or at the end of an anabolic steroid cycle. It is indicated for the treatment of ovulation dysfunction in women desiring pregnancy by initiating a series of endocrine events culminating in a rise of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). Clomid is a mixture of two geometric isomers, enclomifene (E-clomifene) and zuclomifene (Z-clomifene) and has been found very effective in the treatment of secondary male hypogonadism and is commonly used as a “recovery drug” and taken toward the end of a steroid cycle and may also result in direct stimulation of the hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal axis.

Under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA) Anti-Doping Regulations, both of which have both adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List, hormone Antagonists and Modulators are prohibited.

The wrestling athlete is also disqualified from all competitive results obtained on and subsequent to July 10, 2011, the day the sample was collected, including forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes as a result of the sanction. The 31-year-old competed at 211.5 pounds at the U.S. Wrestling world team trials in Oklahoma City in June 2011.

At the 2010 U.S. Open in Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center, WCAP wrestler Pfc. John Lorenz lost 2-0, 1-0 to six-time national champion Justin Ruiz of New York Athletic Club in the 96-kilo/211.5-pound Greco finale. Lewis after the win said Lorenz is making great progress and it is always good to fight a real fighter. Lorenz came second in the U.S. World Team Trials and third in U.S. Open in 2011 and was second in the U.S. Open and Fifth in Dave Schultz Memorial International in 2010. John Lorenz was fourth in 2009 New York AC International and came sixth in U.S Nationals in 2009 and claimed the sixth spot in the U.S. Nationals in the years 2007 and 2008. In 2001, he came third in Dave Schultz Memorial International, fourth in Sunkist Kids International Open… fourth in New York AC Invitational, and third in University Nationals and competed for LaCrosse Logan HS for Doug LeClair, where he was a State champion in 1998 and 1997 Wisconsin/Minnesota Bi State champion. At the 2011 U.S. World Team Trials, Lorenz won the Challenge Tournament at 96 kilos, beating Justin Millard in the finals and faced Justin Ruiz, a seven-time U.S. Open champion and 2005 World bronze medalist, in the best-of-three finals series.

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Wednesday 29, Aug 2012

Stephan Bonnar Hints At Retirement

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Stephan Bonnar Hints At Retirement – Cliff Notes
 

Stephan Bonnar steroidsUltimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight @Stephan Bonnar is running out of options these days. Bonnar who was campaigning to get in front of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) cameras opposite longtime rival and original castmate Forrest Griffin has given some hints of retirement.

Bonnar was suspended for nine months by the Nevada State Athletic Commission after he tested positive for anabolic steroids after his fight against Forrest Griffin at UFC 62: Liddell vs. Sobral. The banned substance in the post-fight urine sample of Bonnar was Boldenone Metabolite, according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

Boldenone or Equipoise is a banned substance and anabolic steroid on the list of all the major athletic commissions and sports leagues.

The American mixed martial artist who currently competes for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) rose to fame after he took the second spot on season 1 of The Ultimate Fighter on Spike TV. Bonnar is well-known in the world of MMA for never being knocked out or submitted in MMA competition and earned his Taekwondo black belt at the age of sixteen.

The MMA fighter was awarded a contract to fight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship after he exhibited good skills in the light-heavyweight finals, where he lost against Forrest Griffin by unanimous decision (29–28). The 2002-04 Ironheart Crown Light Heavyweight champion and Total Fight Challenge Light Heavyweight champion trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with the legendary Carlson Gracie has also trained in Muay Thai during several trips to Thailand. Fan of the rock band The Who, Stephan Bonnar uses their song “Eminence Front” as his entrance music to UFC fights. Bonnar has gone on to take part in some of the bloodiest wars in the history of mixed martial arts (MMA) since the infamous brawl night in April of 2005 with fellow Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season one contestant, Forrest Griffin.

Stephan Bonnar Hints At Retirement – Video

Born on 4th April 1977 and nicknamed “The American Psycho“, Stephan Patrick Bonnar has announced his plan to retire from MMA unless a third fight with Forrest Griffin or Quinton Jackson comes his way that is highly unlikely as Griffin will meet Chael Sonnen at UFC 155 and Jackson is scheduled to fight Glover Teixeira at UFC 153.

In 2005, the MMA fighter was part of the first class of TUF alongside other future UFC staples like Forrest Griffin, Diego Sanchez, Josh Koscheck, Kenny Florian, and Chris Leben.

In a recent interview, Bonnar said while addressing rumors of his potential retirement that retirement is not his preference, but he just has not had any offers that have been worth time. Bonnar remarked, “I fought every second of every fight I was in. I’ve never been stopped, legitimately, and I’ve only lost to champions. I’ve been hit with a ton of shots. I’ve never so much as acknowledged one of them.” The MMA fighter is present lobbying for a TUF coaching spot opposite Forrest Griffin or a match against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. With neither of his requests like to be entertained, the world may have already seen the last of Bonnar in the cage. Bonnar won his last three fights, with consecutive victories over Kyle Kingsbury, Igor Pokrajac, and Krzysztof Soszynski.

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