Chris Costigan looks at the rise in Steroids and drug abuse among
the mixed martial arts world. There have been a number of positive
drugs test with such stars like Josh Barnet, Tim Sylvia and Royce
Gracie recently testing positive.
positive tests of fighters in both boxing and Mixed Martial Arts
with 90% of the positive drug tests coming from Mixed Martial
Arts fighters. These were the results and yeah there is a problem
here. And the problem is not isolated to lesser known fighters.
Ultimate Fighting Championship star Royce Gracie tested positive
for a steroid after winning a fight earlier this month and could
face a year's suspension, the head of the California Athletic
Commission said Friday.
40-year-old Gracie tested positive for a nandrolone metabolite
steroid after beating Kazushi Sakuraba in a June 2 match at the
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
will be suspended and fined up to $2,500, but has 30 days to appeal
the decision, said Armando Garcia, the panel's executive officer.
Gracie will appeal the decision.
will appeal the decision for sure, I have been a fighter for 14
years and have never taken any illegal substances, so I am sure
this is just a misunderstanding."
news comes following allegations that big name UFC fighter Chuck
Liddell had just come out of rehab for a substance abuse problem.
it was announced that two other fighters on the card also tested
positive for drugs.
Persey tested positive for methamphetamine. He was suspended for
six months and fined $1,000 pending appeal, Garcia said.
of a test taken before his fight indicated that former NFL receiver
Johnnie Morton had a high level of testosterone, indicating he
had abused a steroid before the contest, Garcia said.
declined to take a post-fight "drugs of abuse" test
and was suspended indefinitely by the athletic commission, Garcia
was the second time in a week that a fighter has been identified
as testing positive for steroids.
athletic commission said Wednesday that three-time champion James
Toney and Danny Batchelder, his opponent in a heavyweight boxing
match May 24 in San Jose, tested positive for steroids. They were
David Smith of AOL Sports writes:
often doesn't have drug tests, and that has the potential to tarnish
the sport's image. If mixed martial arts is ever going to shed
the "human cockfighting" label once and for all, it
has to be perceived as clean, and that will only happen when every
single competitor is tested."