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Thursday 25, May 2017

  Rugby Player Banned Again By UK Anti-Doping

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Ross Bevan, who was registered with South Wales Scorpions, now known as South Wales Ironmen, has been banned again by the UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) following a second Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV).

Originally, Bevan was banned after testing positive for Drostanolone, the anabolic androgenic steroid and a metabolite of Drostanolone following an out-of-competition squad test on 9 February 2015. A UKAD Doping Control Officer attempted to collect a sample from Bevan at his home address on 28 September 2016. The rugby player refused to provide a sample and was subsequently charged with an ADRV pursuant to Article 2.3 of the World Anti-Doping Code – “Evading, Refusing, or Failing to Submit to Sample Collection”.

Later, Bevan admitted the charge but sought a reduction in the period of ineligibility under Article 10.6.3 of the World Anti-Doping Code – “Prompt Admission of an ADRV”. The reduction was agreed with WADA and sanction of the player was subsequently reduced by a period of nine months. Bevan appealed the decision but it as rejected by an independent National Anti-Doping Panel and the rugby player was subsequently banned for seven years and three months.

UKAD’s Director of Operations, Pat Myhill said any athlete who is currently banned remains subject to testing in order to limit the chances of them continuing to use performance enhancing substances whilst banned and then returning to sport. Myhill added it is therefore of vital importance that they make themselves available to us when called upon. The UKAD’s Director of Operation also commented that the refusal by Bevan to submit to sample collection whilst already serving a period of ineligibility is not only a second serious breach of the Anti-Doping Rules but also his core responsibilities as an athlete. We treat violations such as this with the utmost seriousness and would implore athletes of all levels to comply or potentially face a lengthy ban from all sport.

Bevan is banned from 14 October 2016 until midnight on 14 January 2024. He was previously banned from all competition from 26 February 2015 until midnight on 25 February 2017. At that time, UKAD’s Director of Legal, Graham Arthur had remarked this case is unusual in that Bevan has received a two year ban because of the unique circumstances surrounding the timing of his admitted use of steroids. Arthur had also commented that although Bevan was bound by the Anti-Doping Rules (ADR) of the Rugby Football League at the time of his test in February 2015, the independent National Anti-Doping Panel concluded that because he used the steroids in 2014, he did not intend to breach the 2015 Rule and added he did not therefore have to serve a four year ban. The UKAD’s Director of Legal had also commented that whilst Bevan is not deemed to have acted intentionally under the 2015 rules, it is very clear that he was at significant fault. Arthur  added UKAD takes the use of steroids in sport extremely seriously and also said our mission is to protect the right to participate in clean sport in this country and steroids have absolutely no place in sport.

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Wednesday 19, Oct 2016

  Russian Weightlifter Loses Olympic Silver In Doping Case

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced Russian weightlifter Apti Aukhadov has been stripped of a London 2012 silver medal after it was confirmed he had tested positive following the re-analysis of samples.

Aukhadov, who is from the Chechnya region, is the latest athlete to be officially sanctioned by the IOC following retesting of more than 1,000 doping samples from the London Olympics and 2008 Beijing Games.

The 23-year-old has been ordered to return his medal, which he won as a 19-year-old in the British capital. Aukhadov, the under-85 kilograms lifter, failed retests for anabolic steroids Turinabol and Drostanolone. The weightlifter also faces the risk of losing the World and European titles he won in 2013 as well as his world bronze medal won in 2015. Aukhadov becomes the tenth weightlifter to have been formally confirmed as failing a Beijing 2008 or London 2012 retest by the IOC. The Russian weightlifter lifted a total of 385kg to narrowly miss out on first place in London behind Adrian Zielinski of Poland, who managed the same total but had a higher clean and jerk mark. The weightlifter from Poland was barred from Rio 2016 after failing a drug test ahead of the Games.

It was revealed by an IOC disciplinary commission report that Aukhadov initially replied that he was “shocked” by the retest result and did not accept the anti-doping violation finding. The report added Aukhadov did not attend the opening and retesting of the backup “B” sample and also did not attended the hearing, or put up any further defense. The three-man panel said the athlete beyond alleging to be shocked does not bring forth any explanation in respect of the fact that two different anabolic steroids were found in his sample.

The IOC ordered the International Weightlifting Federation to adjust the London weightlifting results. The IWF has also been asked by the IOC to consider any further sanctions against Aukhadov, who could face a ban of at least two years. His gold medals from the 2013 world championships and European championships could also be annulled by the IWF.

Iranian Kianoush Rostami now stands to be promoted to silver after a total haul of 380kg and Tarek Yehia of Egypt should rise from fourth to the bronze medal position after managing 375kg.

The IOC also announced Ukrainian pole vaulter Maksym Mazuryk is also disqualified after finishing 18th in qualifying at London 2012. The pole valuter also tested positive for Turinabol after his sample was tested with the most up to date methods. Mazuryk, a world junior champion in 2002, had earlier claimed a silver medal at the 2010 European Championships and set a personal best of 5.88 metres indoors in 2011. A graduate of the Bubka Sports Club, Mazuryk was tested in Kyiv in July 2012 before the games. He accepted the positive finding and did not request a retesting of the “B” sample.

In another development, American weightlifter Norik Vardanian has tested positive for a banned substance in a sample he provided while competing for Armenia at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The IWF said he produced a positive test for the anabolic steroid Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone.

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Thursday 21, Jan 2016

  Anderson Silva Responds To Bisping’s Comments

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Anderson da Silva, the Brazilian mixed martial artist and former UFC Middleweight Champion, has responded to a jibe from Michael Bisping.

Recently, Bisping had tweeted Silva to stay out from Viagra. The English mixed martial artist who competes in the middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship was referring to Silva’s admission that he took a sexually enhancing blue vial and did not used anabolic androgenic steroids after he tested positive for Drostanolone metabolites and Androsterone following his fight with Nick Diaz. A $380,000 fine and a 12-month suspension, retroactive from January 31, were handed to Silva by the Nevada Athletic Commission.

Reacting to Bisping’s remark, Silva said he does not have to prove absolutely anything to Bisping or anyone else besides himself. Silva, who holds the longest title defense streak in UFC history, remarked he never needed any illegal substance, steroid or anything like that and also remarked he did made a mistake like everyone does and he had never tested positive before. Silva said he was questioned by the commissioner and it was arrogant for the NAC commissioner to ask him if he had ever been randomly tested before. The Brazilian mixed martial artist said he is excited for the Michael Bisping bout and said a dominant win for him will catapult into title contendership.

Bisping has been a vocal critic of users of performance enhancing drugs throughout his career. The former Cage Rage Light Heavyweight Champion, who is ranked #7 in official UFC middleweight rankings, once said if Cung Le was on some kind of enhancing drug, it only makes my performance seem better, referring to the UFC Fight Night 48 in August but also remarked he would have been outraged and pissed off if he had lost. Bisping has fought no lesser than three opponents who were known users of synthetic testosterone, all of whom took the “shield” of therapeutic-use exemptions for testosterone-replacement therapy. TRT is now banned in MMA and the UFC and Bisping said if people’s testosterone levels can be 10 times higher than what it normally is, of course that’s going to give you an edge.

Bisping said on his radio show he is telling people right now that he is going to destroy Anderson Silva. The Ultimate Fighter 3 Light Heavyweight Tournament winner said his camp is going the best it has ever been and he is performing better. Bisping also remarked he is way better mentally than he has ever been and he is going to get the people of London to cheer and make some goddamn noise and demand that he gets a title shot.

Anderson Silva (33-6 MMA, 15-2 UFC) vs. Michael Bisping (27-7 MMA, 17-7 UFC) will headline the UFC Fight Night 83 card in London, England on February 27th at London’s 02 Arena. The matchup between the two has been brewing for many years but it never came to reality because of the previous position of Silva as UFC champion paired with struggles of Bisping in key bouts.

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Thursday 10, Dec 2015

  Steroid Abuse Off-The-Scale In Grassroots’ Welsh Rugby

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Figures disclosed by UK Anti-Doping have revealed that abuse of anabolic androgenic steroids is “off-the-scale” in Welsh grassroots and semi-professional rugby.

It was further disclosed that players from Wales make up 33 percent of all sportsmen and women who are serving doping bans. About 17 Welsh rugby union and league players, from grassroots to semi-professionals are presently banned with a majority of them testing positive for traces of anabolic steroids in their systems. Ten of these players are from rugby union and form the majority of the 16 players banned from the sport across the United Kingdom. According to a revelation by UK Anti-Doping, the other seven are among 14 players banned from rugby league.

An ex-player, who admitted to using drugs, said he is surprised to learn that many have not been banned. Speaking to BBC Wales’ Week In Week Out program, the unnamed player said steroid abuse is totally off-the-scale. The player also remarked he thinks people are probably blind to it and if the truth came out he thinks there would be probably a lot more players who are banned from playing.

The BBC Wales’ Week In Week Out program questioned 100 players from grassroots rugby union clubs and came to the conclusion that 15 players admitted to using some form of performance enhancing drug. Only 5 of the 100 interviewed players said they had been tested for drugs in the past three years.

A few days back, Rugby Club player Owen Morgan and Glynneath RFC’s Greg Roberts were banned for four years and two years respectively. Morgan tested positive for the anabolic steroid Drostanolone and the stimulant Benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine and Roberts tested positive for Tamoxifen.

Anti-doping expert Prof Yannis Pitsiladis, from the University of Brighton, remarked players can be quite confident when they go into testing that they won’t be caught because the current testing will not be able to detect those drugs, because they are no longer in the system. However, Pitsiladis added anti-doping technology improvements and the ability to now keep samples for a period of up to 10 years means athletes who are presently cheating may be caught in the future.

However, Welsh Rugby Union chief Martyn Phillips remarked he is not overly concerned as the number tested is proportionately higher than in other rugby unions and sports. Phillips added doping has become a problem in society to start with and remarked he would not sit here and say that it is not an issue in rugby because the fact that one player getting banned is one too many as far as he is concerned.

Chris Thair, chief operating officer of Wales Rugby League, termed the figures as a “wake-up call” and said it is not just a rugby issue but a huge global issue for all sports.

UK Anti-Doping’s chief executive Nicole Sapstead admitted that staying ahead of drug cheats is a constant battle. Sapstead said she thinks people who want to cheat the system would find a way and also commented that we would be testing all sports all the time in an ideal world but that is not a reality for any anti-doping organization in the world.

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Monday 02, Nov 2015

  Anderson Silva Is A “Coward”, Says Ben Rothwell

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Top-ranked UFC heavyweight contender Ben Rothwell has called Anderson Silva a “coward” for not admitting his guilt after receiving a 12 month suspension from the Nevada Athletic Commission for using anabolic androgenic steroids.

Rothwell said Anderson Silva destroyed his legacy not because he was busted but because he continually denied everything to show just what a coward he is. Ben Rothwell added he has no respect for Silva and added Silva is a cheat and is not a man.

Silva, the Brazilian mixed martial artist and former UFC Middleweight Champion, holds the longest title defense streak in UFC history. He tested positive for Drostanolone and Androstane after his fight against Nick Diaz at UFC 183. Silva beat Diaz via unanimous decision but the win was overturned to no contest after his use of performance enhancing drugs. The former middleweight champion pleaded his innocence and said he tested positive because of a mysterious sexually enhancing “blue vial” that he acquired from a friend in Thailand.

In 2013, Ben Rothwell himself tested positive for elevated levels of Testosterone. He was suspended for a period of nine months but took full responsibility for his actions and vowed to never cheat again.

In another development, Michael Bisping said he is no longer interested in Anderson Silva. Bisping (27-7 MMA, 17-7 UFC) said the drug test failure of Silva has changed his desire to fight against Silva. Bisping added he believes that a person does not make a decision to try a new thing called steroids at the age of 39 and Silva must have been on the juice the whole time. Bisping, who is arguably the most famous fighter to have never received a UFC title shot, said he is not sure if he would accept a fight with the man who is considered by many as one of the greatest of all time.

Bisping added nobody expected Anderson Silva to test positive and he has always been a fantastic fighter, always been a fan favorite. The English mixed martial artist who competes in the middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship added it is ridiculous that Anderson’s positive test was the first time he was ever tested out of competition and he failed it. Bisping also remarked Silva came up with every excuse under the sun, including Viagra, and he looked the fool and added he wouldn’t fight Silva or anyone else that has a history of taking steroids.

Silva was recently criticized for laughing when his team made fun of Steven Seagal, action movie star and former mentor of Anderson. Seagal has always been a figure of ridicule within the MMA community. The 63-year-old started working with Silva and Lyoto Machida in 2010 and served as a mentor and teacher to the former UFC champions. However, Seagal has been absent from the mixed martial arts sphere since he started taking credit for some of their techniques. Anderson Silva started to distance himself from Seagal after he took praise for the front kick Silva used to knockout Vitor Belfort at UFC 126.

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Wednesday 09, Sep 2015

  Springboks Hooker Banned For Doping

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Springboks hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle has been suspended for a period of two years, according to an announcement by World Rugby.

Chiliboy Ralepelle played 22 tests for the Springboks as a hooker between 2006 and 2013.  The 28-year-old Ralepelle was the first black player to captain the Springboks when he led them against a World XV in a game in 2006 in England, and was touted as a future long-term skipper.

The 28-year-old, who played 23 Tests for the Springboks between 2006 and 2013, underwent an out-of-competition doping control test on March 19, 2014.

Ralepelle was recovering from an operation on an anterior cruciate ligament after a knee injury he sustained while playing for Toulouse against Biarritz in France in February last year. The analysis of the Springboks hooker’s sample returned a positive test for a metabolite of an anabolic steroid, Drostanolone, which appears in Section S1.1a Anabolic Androgenic Steroids in the World Anti-Doping Agency’s 2014 list of prohibited substances.

Drostanolone is an anabolic steroid that is known to produce effects similar to testosterone. It is commonly used by amateur and professional bodybuilders to improve muscle hardness.

This is the second time that Ralepelle tested positive for a banned substance. He was cleared of wrongdoing along with teammate Bjorn Basson after a supplement given to the South Africa squad on a European tour in 2010 contained the banned stimulant Methylhexaneamine. The South Africa international hooker was left without any punishment after it emerged that the stimulant was in a supplement given to the players in the warm-up before the game against Ireland.

Ralepelle was provisionally suspended following the positive test and requested additional time to conduct confidential enquiries through his legal representatives in order to prepare his defense. An independent World Rugby Judicial Committee – chaired by Christopher Quinlan of England – met on June 2 this year and heard the evidence in the case and found Ralepelle to have committed an anti-doping rule violation. A suspension of two years was imposed by the committee, which is the standard sanction in the circumstances in accordance with World Rugby Regulations and the World Anti-Doping Code as in force in 2014. Ralepelle will be free to participate again on April 10, 2016.

Last March, Ralepelle was released early from his contract with French club Toulouse after news about his positive test emerged.

The 28-year-old appealed the imposition of the suspension to the independent Post-Hearing Review Body of World Rugby but elected to discontinue his appeal last week.

World Rugby Chief Executive Brett Gosper said World Rugby operates a zero-tolerance policy on doping and players are responsible for any prohibited substance found in their body. Gosper added Rugby is founded on fair play and the promotion of a level playing field for all players and added this particular case illustrates the rigorous anti-doping program World Rugby implements in conjunction with WADA, both in and out of competition. Gosper also remarked that World Rugby’s Keep Rugby Clean initiative along with its testing policy is designed to educate players of all ages and grades about the dangers associated with taking banned substances.

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Tuesday 18, Aug 2015

  Silva Banned For One Year, Blames Positive Drug Tests On Sexual Performance Supplements

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Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has been suspended by the Nevada Athletic Commission for one year, retroactive to the date of the fight, and a fine of $380,000 was imposed on him. Considered one of the greatest UFC fighters, Silva admitted to taking Oxazepam, a benzodiazepine that is used for treating anxiety and acute alcohol withdrawal, as well as Temazepam that is used for treating insomnia.

After his suspension was announced, Silva’s name was erased from rankings announced by Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

Silva has claimed that his positive drug test before and after his UFC 183 bout against Nick Diaz in January was because of a supplement used to improve sexual performance.

Anderson Silva was all set to appear before the Nevada State Athletic Commission in his defence after testing positive to anabolic steroids Drostanolone and Androstane in a pre-fight drug test. Silva also tested positive for Drostanolone and the anti-anxiety medication Oxazepam and Temazepam that are used for treating sleep deprivation in a post-fight urinalysis. It is widely believed that the representatives of Anderson Silva are expected to argue that the ex-UFC middleweight champion was not trying to improve his performance inside the Octagon but he was trying to improve his bedroom performance.

The UFC fighter faces a fine up to $250,000 and the result of his bout with Diaz will be changed to a No Contest after a request by the attorney general ofNevada, Christopher Eccles.  During the same fight, Nick Diaz tested positive for marijuana metabolites for the third time. The former Strikeforce Welterweight Champion and former WEC Welterweight Champion failed a pre-fight test for marijuana against lightweight champion Takanori Gomi after the news came out the Nevada State Athletics Commission on April 10, 2007. Diaz tested positive for marijuana again in 2012 in a post-fight drug test after his fight with Carlos Condit who defeated Diaz via unanimous decision.

Silva, who holds the record for the longest UFC championship defence streak, is counting on documents that suggest the testing of the said sexual enhancement supplement was contaminated with exogenous anabolic agent (Drostanolone metabolite). Silva’s lawyer Michael Alonso remarked the other supplement Silva was using could have contained Androstane. Silva is also expected to include inconsistencies in drug tests including two tests — one pre-fight and one post-fight — that Anderson Silva passed.

Silva believes B.J. Penn, his long-time friend and former UFC Lightweight Champion and UFC Welterweight Champion, to be the greatest pound-for-pound fighter in the sport’s history.

The Brazilian Mixed Martial Artist, who is regarded by many including UFC President Dana White as one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time, started martial arts at the young age of 7 and trained Tae Kwon Do and earned a black belt by the age of 18 years. Silva also has a black belt in Judo and made his debut at Ultimate Fight Night on June 28, 2006 where he faced Chris Leben and knocked him out a series of pinpoint strikes that were followed by a final knee strike into the first round.

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Saturday 13, Jun 2015

  MMA Fighter Suspended After Failed Marijuana Test

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MMA Fighter Suspended After Failed Marijuana Test

American mixed martial artist Fernando Gonzalez, who is currently competing in Bellator’s Welterweight division, has failed post-fight drug test for marijuana. The MMA fighter has been fined $1500 and the cost of his second offense’s doping test.

CSAC Executive Director Andy Foster said Gonzalez has been suspended for 90 days and the increased penalty is on the basis that the MMA fighter had twice violated rules of the commission on banned substances.

This is the second failed drugs test for Gonzalez. In 2014, Fernando Gonzalez tested positive for marijuana and received a suspension of one month and a fine of $315. However, his technical knockout of former UFC star Karo Parisyan was overturned after the failed test to a no-contest. At that time, Rob Emerson, Keith Berry, and Nick Moghaddam were also suspended and/or fined for post-fight drug test failures following Bellator 127. Berry and Moghaddam tested positive for marijuana and elevated testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio while Emerson tested positive for Modafinil, which is a drug used to improve alertness and cognitive function. Gonzalez said he was smoking pot to help with insomnia and had not used it for enhancement. The MMA fighter said marijuana does not make anyone perform any better and all he used it for was to get a good sleep.

Born on September 15, 1983, Gonzalez is presently competing in Bellator’s Welterweight division. Since 2003, Gonzalez has been a professional competitor for the World Extreme Cagefighting, Strikeforce, and King of the Cage. The former WBC National Muay Thai Cruiserweight champion made his WEC and MMA debut on October 17, 2003 against Mike Castillo where he won via first round TKO. The American mixed martial artist made his Bellator debut against Bellator Season 6 Welterweight Tournament winner Karl Amoussou on July 25, 2014 at Bellator 122. Gonzalez, coming in as an underdog, won via unanimous decision to pull off a huge upset. In his second appearance for Bellator, Gonzalez stepped in as a replacement for Marious Zaromksis and won the fight in the first round via TKO. However, he was suspended for 30 days and fined $315 after he tested positive for Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

In another development, Mike Richman has been suspended after he tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. It is believed that Richman tested positive for Drostanolone (Masteron) though the same is still not officially confirmed by the California State Athletic Commission. Richman failed the drugs test after his unanimous decision loss at Bellator 137 to Eduardo Dantas at Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California.  The American mixed martial artist accepted the failed drugs test and said he let himself, his family, coach, friends, and fans down because of the doping incident.

In 2008, Richman made his professional debut and compiled an undefeated record of 8-0 before he competed on The Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck.

Bellator MMA President Scott Coker said in a statement that CSAC Executive Director Andy Foster has communicated of two positive tests following Bellator 137. It was revealed that Fernando tested positive for marijuana, while Richman failed a test for performance enhancing drugs.

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Thursday 11, Jun 2015

  Mike Richman Suspended For Two Years

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Mike Richman Suspended For Two Years

American mixed martial artist Mike Richman has been suspended by the California State Athletics Commission (CSAC) following his Bellator 137 loss to Edurado Dantas on May 15, 2015 at Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula. The bantamweight division fighter also came in overweight for the bout.

It is believed that Richman tested positive for Drostanolone, which is marketed as Masteron. This year, ex-UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva also tested positive for Drostanolone. Last July, UFC middleweight Kevin Casey tested positive for the same steroid following his UFC 175 win in Las Vegas over Bubba Bush. A few weeks later, featherweight prospect Brian Ortega was busted for Drostanolone after he defeated Mike de la Torre at UFC on Fox 12 in San Jose. The wins of Casey and Ortega were flipped to no contests and Casey and Ortega received suspensions of one year and nine months, respectively.

Masteron is widely used as a cutting cycle drug by professional bodybuilders. This anabolic androgenic steroid is also used by athletes for hardening muscles and is rated as an excellent finisher during a steroid cycle.

Richman (18-6) was more than three pounds over the bantamweight maximum of 136 pounds before Bellator 137. His fight against Edurado Dantas was almost called off before Dantas, the former Bellator bantamweight champion, agreed to take the fight. Richman was beaten by Dantas via unanimous decision.

The 29-year-old Richman has received a suspension of two years and will have to pay a fine of $2,500, according to a confirmation by California State Athletic Commission executive officer Andy Foster. The former U.S. marine was coming off back-to-back knockout wins over Ed West at Bellator 126 and Nam Phan at Bellator 131.

A statement by Bellator disclosed that Andy Foster of the CSAS has notified them of the positive test of Mike Richman for performance enhancing drugs. The statement added Bellator stand behind the California State Athletics Commission completely in the process and remains committed to keeping the sport of Mixed Martial Arts clean of substance abuse.

Richman took full responsibility of the mistake and issued an apology to everyone on his Facebook page. The professional competitor in MMA said he will not deny that he used the anabolic steroid and blame it on someone else. Richman went on to comment that he is cheat, plain and simple, and wants to apologize to Bellator MMA for his wrongdoing. Richman also remarked that he wants to apologize to his head MMA coach Greg Nelson as his positive test brought bad name. The MMA fighter also issued an apology to his S&C coach Matt Miller of Horsepower strength and conditioning and added he had no knowledge of his use of the steroid.

Born and raised in Rosemount, Mike Richman started competing in wrestling events from a young age. Upon graduating, Richman joined the United States Marine Corps and served three tours as an infantryman in Iraq and reached the rank of Sergeant. In 2008, Richman started training in mixed martial arts. Richman compiled an undefeated record of 8-0 before he competed on The Ultimate Fighter: Team GSPP vs. Team Koscheck.

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Saturday 02, May 2015

  Anderson Silva Subject To Out-Of-Competition Testing

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Anderson Silva Subject To Out-Of-Competition Testing

UFC legend and former middleweight champion Anderson Silva is ready to get “embarrassed” while trying to compete for a spot in the Brazilian taekwondo team for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The former UFC middleweight champion will be subject to random, out-of-competition drug testing for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

On January 9, Anderson Silva tested positive to Drostanolone metabolites during a random out-of-competition test in the lead-up to his victory over Nick Diaz. The 39-year-old Silva, who is regarded by many to be the best MMA fighter in history, won by a unanimous points decision against Diaz as part of UFC 183 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Bob Bennett also disclosed that Androstane, also a banned substance under the World Anti-Doping Agency’s rules, was found in Silva’s January 9 tests. Diaz, who was also tested, tested positive for marijuana metabolites after the same fight.

The UFC confirmed the initial findings on its website and said the UFC organization was notified on February 3, 2015 by the Nevada State Athletic Commission that Anderson Silva tested positive for Drostanolone metabolites on his January 9 out of competition drug test. It was added that it is the understanding of the UFC that further testing will be conducted by the Commission to confirm these preliminary results and it was said that Anderson Silva has been an amazing champion and a true ambassador of the sport of mixed martial arts and the UFC, in Brazil as well as around the world. UFC is disappointed to learn of these initial results. The website statement also reads that the UFC has a strict, consistent policy against the use of any illegal and/or performance enhancing drugs, stimulants or masking agents by its athletes.

The UFC also confirmed positive test of Diaz in its statement and said it has been notified by the Nevada State Athletic Commission that Nick Diaz has tested positive for marijuana metabolites following his fight with Anderson Silva at UFC 183 on January 31 in Las Vegas. This is the third time Nick Diaz has tested positive for drugs related to marijuana.

It was the first time in the 18-year, 34-victory career of Anderson Silva that he tested positive for a banned substance. It is interesting to note that Silva has previously campaigned for a lifetime ban on the users of performance enhancing drugs.

Secretary Marco Aurelio Klein of the Brazilian Agency of Doping Control (ABCD) said if Silva is competing in official tournaments at the Brazilian Taekwondo Federation (CBTKD), he will be under the ABCD’s jurisdiction, so, like any other athlete, he can be subject to in- and out-of-competition tests by the Brazilian Agency of Doping Control. Klein added Anderson tested positive for anabolic steroids and, in this condition, he has advantages over other athletes who don’t use this banned substance. The ABCD secretary added for us it doesn’t appear to be the best message to other athletes who follow the anti-doping rules ahead of the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics in Rio.

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