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Friday 09, Jun 2017

  Hunt Given Green Light To Sue Brock Lesnar And UFC

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The high-profile case of UFC star Mark Hunt against the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Dana White, and Brock Lesnar has been given green light as his lawsuit survived a motion to dismiss.

Hunt has alleged that the UFC, White, and Lesnar committed fraud, battery, racketeering, and civil conspiracy with regards to the failed drug test of Lesnar at UFC 200. Lesnar beat Hunt by unanimous decision but the victory of Lesnar was overturned. Lesnar was later suspended by both USADA (United States Ant-Doping Agency) and the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) fined him.

Hunt is alleging that the UFC, White, and Lesnar knew about the failed test before the bout. The claims of Hunt go further as the UFC star stated that he was financially and physically damaged by what his legal team has alleged was a criminal conspiracy.

The complaint reads Brock Lesnar, Dana White, and the UFC acted in concert as set forth fully above, to defraud Mark Hunt and commit a battery against Hunt by a scheme to knowingly pit Hunt, a clean fighter, against Lesnar, a doping fighter, to the wrongful benefit of defendants and to the detriment of Hunt.

The UFC waived its rule that permits return of fighters must be in the USADA testing program for four months before competing again. Lesnar was only tested starting about one month out of UFC 200. The fighter did cleared multiple USADA tests in June before a June 28 sample that was taken 11 days prior to the July 9 fight came back positive after UFC 200. Lesnar tested positive for Clomiphene (Clomid), the banned substance in a USADA pre-fight, out-of-competition test and then tested positive for the same substance on fight night. The pre-fight test result did not come back before his fight against Hunt at UFC 200 that allows him to fight and defeat Hunt by unanimous decision.

It was continued in the complaint that White and UFC, on information and belief, were intentionally delaying the announcement because Lesnar was using banned substances and needed additional time in order to circumvent testing procedures. Hunt claimed in interviews to preview UFC 200 that he knew his opponent was “juicing” but didn’t care and would knock him out anyway and the legal team of UFC included that in their motion to dismiss the case. The complaint by Hunt also mentions failed drug tests by Frank Mir and Antonio Silva, two previous Hunt opponents, and a questionable Vitor Belfort drug test before his fight with Jon Jones in 2012. This information was supplied as evidence of the UFC’s questionable handling of past doping situations.

Mark Hunt is claiming compensation for loss of earnings after the defeat, lucrative personal appearances and endorsements that he claims have been lost due to his defeat. The UFC fighter is also claiming treble damages “pursuant to stature,” and punitive damages sufficient to deter illegal doping in the sport of mixed martial arts. Hunt has also asked the court for the defendants to expel their “ill-gotten profits.”

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Sunday 22, Jan 2017

  Angela Hill Out Of UFC 207 For Drug Testing Rule

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Former “Ultimate Fighter” competitor and current Invicta FC champion Angela Hill has been ruled ineligible due to UFC’s anti-doping policy.

The former World Kickboxing Association champion is ranked #3 female MMA strawweight in the world by Fight Matrix as of May 23, 2016. The Australian mixed martial artist, who competes in the Strawweight division and is currently signed with the Invicta Fighting Championships, was about to make a return to the UFC for a matchup against No. 5 ranked strawweight contender Jessica Andrade. However, the current Invicta FC champion was required to undergo four months of testing from the United States Anti-Doping Agency before she can be re-allowed to re-enter the promotion.

The rule from the anti-doping policy of UFC reads that an athlete who gives notice of retirement to UFC or has otherwise ceased to have a contractual relationship with UFC may not resume competing in UFC bouts until he or she has given UFC written notice of his or her intent to resume competing and has made him or herself available for testing for a period of four months before returning to competition. It further reads that UFC may grant an exemption to the four-month notice rule in exceptional circumstances or where the strict application of that rule would be manifestly unfair to an athlete.

Former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar was granted an exemption when he made his return at UFC 200 in July. Lesnar however failed a pair of drug tests for the estrogen blocker Clomiphene that ended with his bout against Mark Hunt and suspended for one year for the infraction.

Jeff Novitzky, the UFC vice president of health and performance, remarked any fighter that ceases to have a contractual obligation with the UFC, so had a contract and ceases (to have a contract), as the rule reads now by any means or methods. Novitzky added the athlete has to be re-signed or unretired and they have to be back in the program for a period of four months whether it is being cut by the UFC or a decision on behalf of the athlete.

The UFC vice president of health and performance added the UFC does have the ability to waive that as we did in the case of Brock Lesnar, if, and he thinks the wording is it would be manifestly unfair to the athlete. Novitzky added we in the case of Angela Hill did not feel based on several factors including the amount of time that she would have been back in the program, we didn’t feel that it met that criteria and therefore she wasn’t granted that waiver.

Novitzky also remarked the UFC examines the exemptions individually with discussions inside the promotion as well as involving United States Anti-Doping Agency. The UFC vice president of health and performance added it is absolutely on a case by case basis and added there is an internal discussion in the UFC and then we also have that discussion with USADA to make sure they’re comfortable on it and so that is exactly what had happened.

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Wednesday 02, Jul 2014

  Sonnen Fired From FOX Sports And UFC Broadcasting Positions

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Former UFC fighter Chael Sonnen has been fired by the UFC and FOX Sports organizations from his broadcast positions. This announcement was made after Sonnen failed a second random test given by the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) on June 5.

Sonnen’s first failed test was on May 24 after which he announced his retirement. Sonnen was scheduled to fight UFC light heavyweight Wanderlei Silva at UFC 175 but announced his retirement after his failed test in May.

FOX and the UFC released a joint statement to announce that the UFC Tonight co-host was terminated. It was revealed that the UFC and FOX Sports organizations announced the termination of their respective broadcasting services agreements with analyst Chael Sonnen. It was added that this decision comes in light of Sonnen failing a second test conducted by the Nevada Athletic Commission for banned substances in June and Sonnen was previously under temporary suspension by the Nevada Athletic Commission for failing an initial test conducted in May.

In his MMA career, Sonnen has failed three drug tests with the first being after his 2010 title fight against Anderson Silva in Oakland. The MMA fighter was suspended by the California athletic commission but made false claims to have his suspension reduced.

In May this year, Sonnen tested positive for two prohibited substances and voluntarily admitted to a third banned drug after a random drug test administered on May 24 in Las Vegas. His second failed test this year was confirmed by blood and urine samples given at another random drug test that was administered on June 5 in Portland. In his first random test, Sonnen tested positive for Anastrozole and Clomiphene, which are used to provide relief to men with hypogonadism. Sonnen also claimed he used Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG). In his second test, he failed for Human growth hormone (hGH) and recombinant human erythropoietin (EPO) that are prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Anastrozole (also known as Arimidex) is used as an on-cycle support drug to treat side effects of excess estrogens, which are usually associated with the use of harsh and aromatizable steroids. This post cycle therapy drug blocks the action (and not the production) of estrogen. On the other hand, Clomiphene citrate (also called Clomid) is used by athletes during the recovery phase of steroid cycles to restore the production of naturally-occurring hormones, including Testosterone, and prevent side effects of excess estrogens.

According to WADA’s description of human growth hormone, hGH is known to act on many aspects of cellular metabolism and is also necessary for skeletal growth in humans and the major role of hGH in body growth is to stimulate the liver and other tissues to secrete insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1) that stimulates production of cartilage cells, resulting in bone growth and also plays a key role in muscle and organ growth.

Sonnen now claims that the second failed test is because of the prescribed medications. He remarked the Commission is aware of other prescribed medications he was taking and he will not challenge their allegations. Sonnen remarked he will cooperate with the Commission and look forward to having a dialogue about how fighters who transition off Testosterone replacement therapy can avoid violating any rules.

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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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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 19, Aug 2009

  Dominican Summer League players tested positive for PEDs

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Dominican Summer League players tested positive for PEDsThe Dominican Summer League is a branch of affiliated minor league baseball, which is played in the Dominican Republic. The league consists of thirty-three teams in four different divisions. The league was founded in 1985. Games start from June until the end of August.

A recent announcement was recently made by the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball, stating that DSL Cubs pitcher, Eric Martinez and Gregorio Robles, an outfielder, both tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs. Each of the players will receive fifty-game suspensions in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Robles was found positive for boldenone and clomiphene use, while Martinez tested positive for Stanozolol.

Boldenone is an anabolic steroid mainly used for veterinary purposes. It is commonly known under the names Equipoise, Ganabol, Equigan and Ultragan. Clomiphene or more commonly known as Clomid is a selective estrogen receptor. Stanozolol on the other hand is commonly sold under the trade name Winstrol.

Just last month, ten players were also found to test positive for performance-enhancing drugs. All ten players also received fifty-game suspensions. Among those included were Oakland A’s pitchers Alex Nolasco and Alexis Juma.

The total number of suspended Dominical Summer League players went up to 52 for the 2009 season.

According to Minor League Baseball:

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that DSL Cubs pitcher Eric Martinez and outfielder Gregorio Robles have received 50-game suspensions after each tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.