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Nevada ups the ante on drug testing, including random testing during the year.

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Nevada Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer on Friday announced that the Commission has expanded steroid and drug testing for licensed fighters and those applying for licenses.

In addition to the testing performed on contestants on fight night, the Commission will require licensed fighters and licensing applicants to be tested at other times during the year.

In a memo issued to “All Nevada Licensees” dated Jan. 7, 2008, Chairman John Bailey noted that some fighters “...have become very sophisticated in the timing of taking prohibited substances,” which is why the Commission has instituted additional random
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Post #1   1/25/08 8:10:13PM   

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well looks like sherk is out of a career now

Post #2   1/25/08 8:24:40PM   

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test them everyday imo, mma looks bad when someones test is +


then you hear it all over, more tests the better

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Suppose a foreign fighter has fought in Nevada before and maintains an active license there in case they fight there in the future but has been exclusively fighting and living in say Japan, and is not stateside.

If the NSAC calls for a random test, how does said fighter in Japan get tested?

Can they FedEx their urine to Nevada or will they be suspended for not showing up in person?

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I think that random testing is great, but I think it would be difficult to enforce. There are several fighters that don't live in the US or travel around for training purposes. How many Quest facilities are there in Brazil? And if you can't test everyone equally, you can't test anyone at all.

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I am guessing if they call you for a random test, you best get to Nevada for it. If not they will pull your lisence and not allow you to fight, I imagine that something might be worked out with the promoter to possibly help with travel costs as I'm sure they don't want fights canceled because fighters couldn't afford the trip.

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I'd rather just not fight in Nevada, and only fight when the promoter holds a card in California or elsewhere if Nevada tried to make me travel to North America and take a piss test to keep my license active (if I were a foreign fighter). That's a few thousand dollars and a half week out of your schedule to remain active in 1 state.

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yea i wonder how they will deal with fightter that live outside the US, which are many, but however this is worked out, it wil defenately be a heads up for its fighters, since alot (more than people think) use steroids when they are not fighting, so either alot of these guys stop, or they might get caught halfway throughtout their cycle........remember some fighters like nick diaz, kendall grove, prob nate diaz, and various other fighter have mentioned that they smoke pot when they are not fighting, and if they follow through with testing throughout the year, alot of these guys might get caught with things like marijuana, cocaine, and other recreational drugs

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And I'm just playing devils advocate in regards to this. Of course more testing is a good idea. I just hope they do it correctly in regards to fighters that are not local.

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Posted by Kpro

Suppose a foreign fighter has fought in Nevada before and maintains an active license there in case they fight there in the future but has been exclusively fighting and living in say Japan, and is not stateside.

If the NSAC calls for a random test, how does said fighter in Japan get tested?

Can they FedEx their urine to Nevada or will they be suspended for not showing up in person?


my guess would be and this is strictly a guess.. they would have the test done in Japan and the results sent to Nevada.. kind of like with the whole Tommy Morrison aids fiasco.. but yeah i believe the testing is best for the sport..

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Posted by Cobbs666

well looks like sherk is out of a career now



Not really. It's Nevada doing the testing, not California.



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I'd rather just not fight in Nevada, and only fight when the promoter holds a card in California or elsewhere if Nevada tried to make me travel to North America and take a piss test to keep my license active (if I were a foreign fighter). That's a few thousand dollars and a half week out of your schedule to remain active in 1 state.



I think Nevada would make it very hard on the fighter and the promoter if they tried this. They have a great amount of influence.

Remember with the whole Dana/Tito boxing fiasco? They said, after Tito blew them off, that they didn't want to hear about this fight happening ANYWHERE! I took that as a veiled threat of "don't f__k with us."

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Posted by Cobbs666

well looks like sherk is out of a career now



Not really. It's Nevada doing the testing, not California.





Are you saying the test was botched? I think he missed his cycle and was pissed that he did, now he and alot of guys are in some trouble.

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Posted by Cobbs666

well looks like sherk is out of a career now



Not really. It's Nevada doing the testing, not California.





Are you saying the test was botched? I think he missed his cycle and was pissed that he did, now he and alot of guys are in some trouble.



Not sure exactly what happened. The CSAC reducing their sentence is what draws my curiosity. Because of this alone, I do not believe it is a slam dunk he juiced.

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Well I think this could clean the sport up but at the same time I think it needs to have all the details workout before hand. I don't want it to turn in to a witch hunt either.

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I think if the NSAC does do this you will see most other athletic commisions do it also. Best case scenario is the Commision's use local testing for fighters not in Nevada, but of course the big question would be how reliable are these outside testing agencies, without proper scrutiny on the Testing agencies themselves, a greased palm or two and a dirty fighter gets a pass.

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