Iole: Did the NSAC fail to make a stand against PED use in MMA?

by Kevin Iole | source:

To make a statement that ridding combat sports of performance-enhancing drugs is vital to the safety of those who compete without cheating, Nevada governor Brian Sandoval ought to fire the five members of the state's athletic commission.

That would send a message that Nevada officials are serious about cleaning up the problem, ensuring the safety of fighters and ridding the sport of illicit PEDs.

Sadly, though, the commission squandered that opportunity and opened the door for UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem to potentially fight in Las Vegas on Dec. 29 at a mega-money event that will fill state coffers but won't do anything to make the sport safer. Don't expect Sandoval to take any action, either. The commission may have only been being nice when it suggested Overeem may be able to fight Dec. 29, but the message it sent is clear: We're not looking to lay down the hammer on those who cheat.

The commission, described by butt-smooching promoters and managers as being "the greatest commission in the world," utterly failed to make a decision Tuesday that would have conveyed it takes the issue seriously.

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ChaosOverkill site profile image  

4/25/12 8:44 PM by ChaosOverkill

They're all nepotism hires from Boxing when MMA was sanctioned. No doubt a condition for it.

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4/25/12 8:42 PM by MPA

Hey Lole, at least we have a way of responding to your tripe unlike at Yahoo.You are an idiot. Just because your father didn't read you bedtime stories, is no reason to project your repressed anger at a man who obviously was duped by a corrupt doctor.

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4/25/12 7:51 PM by bhealthy

of course they failed, the drug companies can buy the commissions at any time.

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4/25/12 6:54 PM by whoabro


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4/25/12 6:38 PM by nevele

Some key simple points- Oober was already in Texas when he went to see the Dr. He was on a media tour, was in Texas complained to his friend about his aches and pains, and at that time his friend recommended the Dr. and they went there the same day. He did not fly from Florida to see this Dr.- It's a concoction in one single vial. The same vial he submitted. he had one dose at the Dr's office that same day from that vial, the Dr. gave him the same vial as a keepsake- A proprietary concoction to alleviate his painThat's the sum of the matter and quite reasonableThe problem lies in- since when does Oober know how to inject himself, do any of you? Unless you have had practice? Would you even do that.- pretty sure he has stated in many interviews he's fully aware of anything and everything that goes into his body viz horse meat and anything else. That raises eyebrows of course in this case don't ask don't tell. This was pointed out to him.- will the commission still go a head and analyse the vial given, to confirm it matches the Dr. record of what it contains. Will they go so far as to test his B sample for exactly all of that, what the concoction consists of.- what's really in the vial is it pure test or something else.This is they main question, do they render the verdict and file everything away or actually test everything to see that what was said and presented in fact matches. Obviously their authority is so weak, if all is made up and nothing matches, what will they do? Add the 3 months to make it 12?- what does Telligman say, did they discuss with a wink wink nudge nudge to go that day to this Dr he knows who'll fix him?- and even so if they do thest that concoction that it contains 0.001% test and the rest as the Dr says, was it or could it be beneficial in cheating.- the defense requested the continuance to show that that specific combination would show elevation of test in a test i.e. 1% test + 50% inflam + 45% another inflam + 4% pain killerThey pushed and pushed this. Will the Comission in fact test all of this or simply deep six it and move on?It's all a farce, you present your monumental case, overwhelm them with data, ask for continuances to prove it, bring the doctor, swamp the comission with "proof" now or later, all to yield the savings of 3 months.if they don't plant to test what was presented to them and verify it all, what's the point? The most comical point in the hearing was the commissioner actually reading the drivel from a websitepaid-for fight doctor, "Dr Johnny" and querying the equally farcical Dr Molina about what was written on an MMA website." Dr Johnny says no one mixes test in anything for rehab purposes" whatever it was he said.That's like saying at a hearing "Dear Abby says Oober you must take care of your health"Ridiculous, the whole charade.Then at the end of the day you have his Lordship, Dana White, cackling and tut tutting, " I don't know what we will do with him" " We don't condone this behavior in our corporation"Yeah? So who pulled out of the fight on late Friday night or did you at that late hour say it was due to marketing and your gut feeling of failure, or, because he's Lorenzo's signage and not your's you felt it necessary to undermine his hearing, knowing that he did submit his withdrawal Friday, day and you're making like "it's not my deal" "I don't know this guy"farcical: broadly or extravagantly humorous; resembling farce; "the wild farcical exuberance of a clown"; "ludicrous green hairWhat we're witnessing is the real time tug-of-war behind the scenes. BLAF vs. The Most Interesting Man in the World.silence is golden.tha's all.

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4/25/12 5:51 PM by Gullivers Travels

I haven't looked into whether or not the other two fighters had completed their bouts, but couldn't that have had an effect? Reem did not test positive after a fight, but rather preparing for his match. Additionally, he did not test positive for a banned substance, only an indicator. Maybe they come down on fighters more severely if they are proven to compete with an edge instead of simply training with one?

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4/25/12 4:24 PM by Ethan Boyle

Well, that pretty much answers everything that I had been asking. Thank you.

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4/25/12 4:22 PM by Silverball

King Mo was popped for pissing hot after his fight. Big difference. The initial excuse that he had ingested a protein powder that unbeknownst to him contained ingedients that would elevate his T levels is just as shaky as Reem's rib injury excuse, if you ask me. The real comparison in both cases is the six months Sonnen received.

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4/25/12 4:18 PM by epwar

Kizer said that once fighters have signed bout agreements that they are fair game to be tested.

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4/25/12 4:16 PM by Ethan Boyle

For the record, I don't care about Overeem, and I'm not for PED's. I am only questioning the authority of the commission for doing what they did. Because at that time of the test Overeem was just like anyone else who was unlicensed. I don't see a person expressing intent to probably fight at a later date as being enough to give the commission authority to test. So, where did their authority come from for that test?