Drug Testing results

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POLL: What name on here was the biggest surprise?
Diego Sanchez 9% (4)
Ceaser Gracie 27% (12)
Bas Rutten 58% (26)
Ricco Rodriguez 7% (3)
sleevey
5/5/07 2:42:06AM
New report on mmaweekly.com of more fighters getting high. (and getting caught)

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Welterweight UFC star Diego Sanchez is far from the only fighter to have a positive drug test in California that was not publicly disclosed at the time. MMAWeekly has obtained documentation indicating that nearly two-dozen MMA fighters have failed drug tests in the state of California over the past year without the drug test failures being publicly disclosed at the time.

Sanchez tested positive for marijuana following his December 13th victory over Joe Riggs in the main event of UFC Fight Night 7, but it wasn't until a March 22nd report by Carlos Arias of the Orange County Register that Sanchez' drug test failure was publicly announced or disclosed. When asked last week why the UFC did not acknowledge Sanchez' drug test failure on its web site, as it has for all other UFC drug test failures over the past year, the UFC did not respond.

The California State Athletic Commission, which also did not announce or disclose Sanchez' drug test failure until March, has now provided MMAWeekly with a complete list of every MMA fighter who has tested positive for any banned substance in the state of California since the first legal MMA events were held in California in March 2006. Many of these drug test failures have not previously been publicly disclosed.

Legally, this information is public record; there is no right to privacy or confidentiality for any fighter who tests positive for any banned substance. If a fighter takes a banned substance and tests positive for it, he or she can expect to be fined or suspended, and for the drug test failure to be publicly disclosed.

In addition to 31 professional boxers in the same time period, 23 mixed martial artists tested positive for banned substances in the past year, and the complete list of these fighters can be found below.

Over the past year in the state of California, the punishments have been a three-month suspension and $500 fine for any fighter who tests positive for marijuana; or a six-month suspension and $1,000 fine for any fighter who tests positive for any banned substance other than marijuana (or a combination of marijuana and other banned substances). These punishments escalate for repeat offenders.

In a neighboring state, Nevada, drug-related suspensions are taken on a case-by-case basis, but in general the suspensions have been six months for any fighter who tests positive for marijuana; or eight to twelve months for any fighter who tests positive for any banned substance other than marijuana.

There are many fighters who don't fight more often than once every three months under normal circumstances, so a three-month suspension for these fighters may or may change their fighting schedule in any tangible way.

You may notice in the list below that not a single fighter tested positive for steroids over the past year in California. This is because there has been no steroid testing in California over the past year. This will change in April 2007, according to California State Athletic Commission Executive Officer Armando Garcia, who said, "No steroid policy has ever been in place in California. Obviously, I was not satisfied by this." Starting in April, a total of approximately 25 fighters per month will be tested for steroids in California, and any fighter who tests positive for steroids will be suspended for six months and fined $2,500.

The list below is in chronological order, with each item containing the date and name of the event, the name of the fighter who tested positive for a banned substance, the substance(s) for which the fighter tested positive, brief notes on the substance(s) if warranted, and the length of the fighter's suspension (which is consistently three months for marijuana and six months for anything other than marijuana).

California State Athletic Commission Positive Drug Tests for MMA Fighters

-March 10, 2006: Strikeforce; Cesar Gracie tested positive for Delta 9 THC (active ingredient in marijuana); suspended for 3 months

-May 13, 2006: International Cage Fighting Organization; Tim McKenzie tested positive for Benzodiazepines (frequently found in anti-anxiety drugs and muscle relaxants); suspended for 6 months

-June 3, 2006: Extreme Wars 3; Anthony Ruiz tested positive for Delta 9 THC (active ingredient in marijuana); suspended for 3 months

-June 9, 2006: Strikeforce Revenge; Harris Sarmiento tested positive for Delta 9 THC (active ingredient in marijuana); suspended for 3 months

-June 15, 2006: WEC 21; Joe Hurley tested positive for Delta 9 THC (active ingredient in marijuana); suspended for 3 months

-June 15, 2006: WEC 21; Ryan Healy tested positive for Delta 9 THC (active ingredient in marijuana); suspended for 3 months

-June 17, 2006: Invincible- Fists of Fury; Randal Limond tested positive for Delta 9 THC (active ingredient in marijuana); suspended for 3 months

-July 1, 2006: Gladiator Challenge 51; Emmanuel Newton tested positive for Delta 9 THC (active ingredient in marijuana); suspended for 3 months

-July 15, 2006: Total Combat 15; Shawn Bias tested positive for Benzodiazepines (frequently found in anti-anxiety drugs and muscle relaxants); suspended for 6 months

-July 22, 2006: World Fighting Alliance; Bas Rutten tested positive for Hydrocodone (prescription painkiller), Morphine (prescription painkiller), and Diphenhydramine (antihistamine with common brand name Benadryl); suspended for 6 months

-July 22, 2006: World Fighting Alliance; Lodune Sincaid tested positive for Cannabinoids/Marijuana Metabolite; suspended for 3 months

-August 12, 2006: Warrior Cup; Chuck Booz tested positive for Delta 9 THC (active ingredient in marijuana); suspended for 3 months

-August 18, 2006: Pangea Fights 2; Aaron Brink tested positive for Cannabinoids (substances found in cannabis) and Benzodiazepines (frequently found in anti-anxiety drugs and muscle relaxants); suspended for 6 months

-August 19, 2006: California Xtreme Fighting 3; Mike Penalber tested positive for Amphetamine; suspended for 6 months

-August 19, 2006: Total Fighting Alliance; Jesse Romero tested positive for Delta 9 THC (active ingredient in marijuana); suspended for 3 months

-September 30, 2006: Chaos in the Cage; Paul Mince tested positive for Delta 9 THC (active ingredient in marijuana); suspended for 3 months

-September 30, 2006: Xtreme International Kombat; Ty Montgomery tested positive for Delta 9 THC (active ingredient in marijuana); suspended for 3 months

-October 26, 2006: Valor Fighting; Jamiah Williamson tested positive for Delta 9 THC (active ingredient in marijuana); suspended for 3 months

-November 4, 2006: Cage Combat Fighting Championships; Joe Hurley tested positive for Delta 9 THC (active ingredient in marijuana); suspended for 6 months as a repeat offender

-November 4, 2006: Total Combat 18; Shad Smith tested positive for Delta 9 THC (active ingredient in marijuana); suspended for 3 months

-November 17, 2006: Beatdown in Bakersfield; Ricco Rodriguez tested positive for Benzoylecgonine (major metabolite of cocaine) and Delta 9 THC (active ingredient in marijuana); suspended for 6 months

-December 13, 2006: UFC Fight Night 7; Diego Sanchez tested positive for Delta 9 THC (active ingredient in marijuana); suspended for 3 months

-February 17, 2007: Cage Combat Fighting Championships; Nate Loughran tested positive for Delta 9 THC (active ingredient in marijuana); suspended for 3 months

JimiMak
5/5/07 3:02:02AM
Of the list Bas surprised me the most. Tho noone really surprised me. Bas's injuries have been to the point painkillers are, like, whatever. I don't think anyone should test pos for anything they're told shouldn't be in their system. But it is what it is. Pot, imo, shouldn't be in the list. But whatever list they have, you should follow it.
rcg916
5/5/07 4:50:21AM
yeah, the Bas one is BS... you dont fight all those early pancrase matches without injury, he has to take something...
Mastodon2
5/5/07 3:21:38PM
I was suprised that Bas got caned for the painkillers, thats just unfair I think, its not like he was doping up on painkillers to make himself invincible before fights, painkillers just dont work like that. He has been fighting, training and pushing his body so hard for so long now that the guy is bound to be on a few painkillers.
Fanboy 1988
5/5/07 4:59:46PM
yeah, if anything pain killers have the opposite affect on your body.. I had a nasty ear infection a while back and was put on a high dose of vikaden and I could hardly walk around the house......
Svartorm
5/6/07 1:58:48AM
If you guys watch The Smashing Machine, Mark Kerr talking about using pain killers all the time to increase his pain tolerance, so I can see them busting someone on pain killers.
Mastodon2
5/6/07 11:32:25AM
Well I suppose if you were popping them all the time they would start blocking your pain pathways in the synapses, so I suppose that could happen. I know they have to suspend everyone, because they couldnt possibly trial everyone on a case by case basis, but Bas just doesnt strike me as the type to abuse them in that manner. But you never know...hence why they suspend everyone, no ifs or buts.
Rush
5/6/07 11:25:40PM

Posted by Mastodon2

Well I suppose if you were popping them all the time they would start blocking your pain pathways in the synapses, so I suppose that could happen. I know they have to suspend everyone, because they couldnt possibly trial everyone on a case by case basis, but Bas just doesnt strike me as the type to abuse them in that manner. But you never know...hence why they suspend everyone, no ifs or buts.




Actually I found that I lost my sensitivity to pain killers (i.e. I took them and they did very little for me after a two days) when I had my wisdom teeth pulled.

I would think that small doses of pain killers might be beneficial in a fight. I always thought that Tim Sylvia was on pain killers when Mir busted up his arm. I mean, I've had my MCL sprained in my elbow (spinning out of an armbar) and it didn't even faze me. However, I can't see an arm breaking in multiple places and not feeling the pain.

As for Bas, him using painkillers doesn't shock me at all.

I found it interesting that the bulk of the infractions were for drugs that relax or treat anxiety. It will be interesting to see, when they start testing for steroids, what the ratio of performance enhancers are to other drugs.
Ultimate_fighter
5/7/07 7:58:02PM
Bas was the name that surprised me the most.
johny_rotten
5/7/07 8:23:21PM
Wow some of these are crazy. Bas tore his acl during his training for that fight, so it is no surprise to me that had some painkillers in his system. The other surprising thing to me is the benzo suspensions. If you are depressed, and being treated you aren't allowed to fight?
ffforgottenx
5/8/07 9:11:12AM
my boy cesar blazin out with nick diaz after training haha
coopdro
5/8/07 1:19:17PM
I don't think it's shocking that Bas was tested positive for painkillers. I'm suprised the guy still walks w/ his injury history.
EvilScott
5/8/07 10:01:13PM
Bas released a statement regarding the positive test. He told the doctors and the commission he was on the painkillers because of his injuries.
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