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Thursday 09, Oct 2008

  MMA’ Antonio Junior Silva steroid hearing set for Oct. 22

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Antonio Silva steroidsOctober 22 will be a turning point in Antonio ‘Junior’ ’s mixed martial arts career. Will Silva continue to wear the EliteXC’s heavyweight championship belt?

October 22 is the date for the Brazilian fighter appeal hearing on his alleged steroid use. And if the initial decision by the California Athletic Commission is upheld, Silva would be served with a 12-month suspension. He would also have to pay the fine of $2,500.

Silva tested positive for the anabolic steroid boldenone on July 26 this year, after his victory over Justin Eilers. Silva denied any wrongdoing. Following the announcement of the test results, Silva issued this statement:

“Dear Family, Friends, Fans and Public, I did not use the steroid Boldenone, or any other steroid of prohibited substance. I don’t agree and never have agreed with the use of this kind of product in order to win, for this is cheating. I will go to the full extent of my power and the law to prove my innocence in this matter.”

Alex Davis, Silva’s manager, maintains his fighter did not take the steroid.

“It’s a false positive. He got tested positive for something he didn’t take,” said Davis in August, shortly after the release of the test results. “I will not let my fighter sit back and be wronged like this. I just won’t.”

Silva’s camp is contesting the test results insisting that Silva could not have taken the banned compound because he is suffering from acromegaly, a hormonal disorder in which the pituitary gland produces excessive amount of growth hormone. One of the most common symptoms of acromegaly is enlargement of extremities such as the hands and feet.

Davis stresses that, “It would be completely insensible or even dangerous to make use of any other steroids or substances that could worsen that kind of problem.”

Silva’s camp hired Howard Jacobs, an attorney who is no stranger to such cases. Jacobs has represented Sean Sherk, another notable MMA fighter who tested for the steroid nandrolone. Jacobs was able to cut in half Sherk’s one year suspension to only six months.

The appeal hearing will take place at the Ronald Reagan State Building in Los Angeles, Calif., at 10:00 a.m. PT.

Wednesday 27, Aug 2008

  Georges St. Pierre- B.J. Penn rematch on the works

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gsp-bj-pennAnother explosive battle between welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre and B.J. Penn might take place next year, according to St. Pierre’s manager Shari Spencer.

In a recent radio interview, Spencer confirmed that a repeat encounter could happen on Jan. 31 in Las Vegas.

“That’s my understanding,” said Spencer. “I know [UFC President] Dana [White] has been announcing it publicly. We haven’t officially signed a bout agreement, but everything is pointing toward January 31 in Vegas against B.J. Penn.”

In March 2006 at UFC 58 USA Versus Canada, St. Pierre won via a split decision over Penn.  The 29-year-old Penn currently holds UFC’s lightweight championship belt and fans want to see these two fighters deliver classic octagon action.

Spencer confirmed news of the planned 170-pound title bout on the heels of intensive renegotiations with Zuffa LLC, parent company to the UFC, to retain St. Pierre’s services.

“We’ve been in long discussions with the UFC for several months,” said Spencer. “I am not at liberty to say anything right now. But there should be some news coming out regarding that very shortly.”

St. Pierre’s recent bout earned him a unanimous decision over Jon Fitch at UFC 87 Seek and Destroy last August 9. After that match, the Canadian fighter had one fight remaining on his contract with UFC. And there had been rumors the “Rush” might end up with opposing promotion, particularly Affliction Entertainment. Now that St. Pierre’s services had been retained by UFC the rumors have been dispelled.

BJ Penn is coming off a win over Sean Sherk, who was suspended from the UFC and lost the UFC lightweight title due to testing positive for anabolic steroids.  He denied using steroids and stuck to his story.  The anti-steroid BJ Penn slammed Sean Sherk for steroid use, but couldn’t go further.  He defeated Sean Sherk but didn’t defeat the rumor about Sherks’ steroid use.  Of course in MMA/UFC and every other sport, HGH is widely used because there is no test for it – and judging by BJ Penns’ big forehead, he’s a HGH lover!

Sunday 13, Jul 2008

  Fighter accused of steroid use is back in US MMA scene

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josh_barnett_steroidsMixed martial arts heavyweight fighter Josh Barnett is set to fight in US soil July 19 in Affliction:Banned. In said event he will face Pedro Rizzo, who defeated him seven years ago at UFC 85. In 2002, Barnett, nicknamed The Baby Faced Assassin left US for Japan due to steroid allegations.

Barnett became the youngest UFC Heavyweight Champion in the organization’s history at the age of 24 after wrangling the title from Randy Couture by TKO. However, during a mandatory post-fight test conducted by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) he was allegedly tested positive for the anabolic steroid Equipoise (boldenone).

Subsequently, the newly-crowned heavyweight champ was stripped of the UFC title and had his license revoked for six months. However, there were reported violations of screening protocol and it was impossible to verify the results based on the original samples.

Barnett called for another drug test, and came out clean. After waiting several months of without any final decision being made on his case he decided to relocate to Japan.

Barnett’s upcoming bout is eagerly awaited by American MMA fans since his rematch with Rizzo will be just his second appearance in the U.S. since his victory over Randy Couture in 2002.

Barnett is jus one of the many MMA fighters who got embroiled in steroid scandal. Tim Sylvia had also tested positive for the steroid Winstrol (stanozolol) in 2003. Sylvia was stripped of his heavyweight title and was also fined $10,000 by the NSAC. He later admitted that he used the steroid to lose weight.

And then in 2007, Sean Sherk’s UFC lightweight championship belt was revoked/// when he tested positive for steroids in post-fight drug tests. Hermes Franca, whom Sherk successfully defended his title, also tested for banned compounds.

After testing positive for nandrolone, Sherk was suspended and was fined $2500.

Sunday 25, May 2008

  UFC 84: BJ Penn proves himself, Wandelei Silva makes a comeback

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BJ_penn_sean_sherk ufc 84BJ Penn proved himself against Sean Sherk at UFC 84. Let’s looks at BJ Penn vs. Sean Sherk UFC 84 play by play.

BJ Penn Vs. Sean Sherk

Round 1:
Sean Sherk came out in the opening seconds with a single-leg takedown, but was stuffed by BJ Penn. Sean Sherk connects with a a strong left hand which rocks BJ Penn. Sherk and Penn keep trading short jabs in the middle of the ring. Then BJ Penn rocks Sherk with a 1 / 2 combo, but Sean recovers fast. Sean Sherks eye is opened up from the trades, he’s bleeding. The rest of the round BJ Pen keeps throwing jabs.

Round 1 score: 10-9 (BJ Penn)

Round 2:
Sherk comes on strong with a low kick and both fighters start the punching exchange again. BJ Penn lands a strong uppercut, but Sean Sherk is standing and trading with Penn with fast short punches. Sherk seems very damaged from the jabs Penn keeps throwing, he seems worn out. Sean Sherk attempts a single-leg takedown and is stuff by BJ Penn, then BJ lands a left hook.

Round 2 score: 10-9 (BJ Penn)

Round 3:
Again, both fighters come out and trade jabs in the middle of the ring. However, Sherk is bleeding hard and cannot answer BJ Penns’ non stop jab and straight attacks. BJ Penn throws a few punches, then explodes into a flying knee that rocks Sean Sherk against the cage. BJ Penn jumps on him and hits him with non stop punches until the round ends.

Round 3 score: 10-8 (BJ Penn)

The fight was stopped after the 3rd round:
BJ Penn Wins by Technical Knock Out at 5:00 in the 3rd round

iSteroids Thoughts on the fight:
It seems Sean Sherk had no gameplan! what was he thinking? let’s face it, he was NEVER a great striker and BJ Penn is known for being a good striker. So, why stand up with someone who’s a better striker? why not use your wrestling to keep taking down BJ Penn and keep him down. Sean Sherk had the worst gameplan we’ve ever seen. He should have taken down BJ Penn over and over and kept him on the ground with lay and pray, blanket him for 4-5 rounds to a decision. Plus, Sherk looked slow and weak, very poorly handled fight.

Wanderlei_Silva_Keith_Jardine Wanderlei Silva Vs. Keith Jardine

Wanderlei Silva Vs. Keith Jardine play by play:

Round 1:
Jardine comes out with a kick and Wanderlei counters with a right hand which hurts Jardine hard. Silva’s blood instinct kicks in and he jumps on a fallen Keith Jardine and ground and pounds him with non stop right hands. Jardine is knocked out completely blank. He is not moving at all at 0:36 (36 seconds) into the 1st round. For 4 minutes past the knock out, Jardine was completely out, that’s right he was out for over 4 minutes!

Wanderlei Silva Wins by Knock Out at 0:36 in the 1st round

iSteroids Thoughts on the fight:
Wanderlei Silva is back and his killer instinct is back. Wanderlei Silva needs to do what he does best, knock people out! He proved himself well against Jardine, and Jardine beat Chuck Liddell.

wanderlei Silva Keith Jardine

Wednesday 21, May 2008

  Bigger, Stronger, Faster and Steroids

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Recently we came up on a quote from the author of Bigger, Stronger, Faster.  It seems the author has some misconceptions about steroids and dietary supplements.  First of all, let’s clear up some myths, dietary supplements do NOT contain steroids, and EVEN if they did contain steroids they would be oral steroids such as dianabol and anavar which would NOT stay in the system long enough to show up on a blood test.  Second of all, Sean Sherk tested positive for nandrolone (deca durabolin) which is NOT an oral steroid and CANNOT be taken orally.  Listen, if Sean Sherk went out to buy steroids then use steroids such as Deca Durabolin, FINE! but be a man about it and admit it, don’t pussyfoot around and bullshit everyone that you took some supplements and that’s why you tested positive for steroids.

The reason any athlete can blame anything on dietary supplements is that they’re unregulated also. A dietary supplement basically says if it’s something in the food supply that’s not an illegal drug, like marijuana or cocaine, then you could use it in a dietary supplement. There’s really not much more of a regulation on that so when an athlete like Sean Sherk is taking that, who’s to say that it’s not the supplement because we don’t really know,” stated Christopher Bell, director of the highly acclaimed steroid documentary “Bigger, Stronger, Faster*”

Thursday 13, Mar 2008

  UFC 84 ILL WILL – Steroid Target #1 Sean Sherk

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sean-sherk-ufc steroidsSean Sherk a History in UFC:

Our 1st target of steroid use discussion is Sean Sherk, one of the many fighters we’ll discuss in the upcoming UFC 84. Sean Sherk was just suspended for steroid use, after testing positive after the UFC73 event 07/07/07. Now he’s back, after claiming he didn’t use steroids, and a long suspension. He lost his title by default to an interim champion BJ Penn. Now, he’s going to get a chance to gain back his ‘stolen’ title. This time he’ll surely be tested for anabolic steroids.

Sean Sherk and Steroids:

After UFC 73, Sean Sherk tested positive for steroids, but  so did his opponent Hermes Franca.  This begs the question, how likely is it that 2 athletes are testing positive for steroids from the same fight.  Answer: unlikely!  It’s very possible that the steroid test done on Sherk was false positive.  Sean Sherk, though, in our eyes is probably a heavy anabolic steroid user, just based on his looks.  Sean, please be ready for your steroid test this time!

UFC 84 BJ Penn Vs. Sean Sherk fight outcome predictions:

1) BJ Penn Submits Sean Sherk in Round 2

probability:  45%

2)  Sean Sherk wins a decision over BJ Penn

probability: 55%

Thursday 28, Feb 2008

  UFC® 84 ILL WILL and the steroid crowd

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It seems we have a lot to talk about when it comes to UFC84 and steroid use.  There are quiet a few contestants who are/were steroid users.  The fights we will discuss:

BJ Penn Vs. Sean Sherk
Wanderlei Silva Vs. Keith Jardine
Tito Ortiz Vs. Lyoto Machida

The list of possible steroid users:

BJ Penn
Sean Sherk
Wanderlei Silva
Keith Jardine
Tito Ortiz

Which of the above are MOST likely to have used anabolic steroids or human growth hormone:
Sean Sherk
Wanderlei Silva

As usual, we will rip up all the fighters and their history on steroid use.