Iole calls for new PED testing precedent


Close to a year ago, UFC heavyweight contender Overeem famously failed a surprise test for performance enhancing drugs administed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC). It was administered immediately before a news conference announcing a title fight with then UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos.

Yahoo's Kevin Iole says the example of Alistair Overeem presents an opportunity for a new precedent in mixed martial arts when a fighter tests positive for PEDs.

Keith Kizer, the executive director of the NSAC, deserves a huge amount of credit not only for ordering the random test that caught Overeem but then for subsequently testing Overeem repeatedly during his commission-imposed suspension.

Overeem was testing himself throughout his nine-month suspension and forwarding the results to Kizer and the commission. This is where Kizer made a brilliant move.

On several occasions, shortly after Overeem had voluntarily submitted a blood and urine sample to prove his innocence, Kizer ordered him to submit to another test. An athlete who uses PEDs will often use them right after he or she has passed a drug test. The thinking is that they'll be clear for a while and can cheat with impunity.

Overeem passed all of the tests. He rightfully was given his license by the commission on Tuesday via a unanimous vote.

Overeem will be tested rigorously by the NSAC for as long as he fights in the state. Hopefully, other state athletic commissions will do the same and put Overeem through a rigorous testing process that includes unannounced tests.

A precedent should be set. Overeem, and every fighter who tests positive for PEDs in the future, should have to do the same thing:

Commissions that consider licensing Overeem should require him to, at his own expense, submit to a carbon isotope ratio test that would be administered randomly during his training camp. The CIR test, which is the only foolproof way to catch usage of synthetic testosterone, is expensive, going for $450-$600 a test.

If they can't afford to pay for the tests, then they don't fight – a hefty price to pay, but safety dictates an abundance of caution.

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Alistair Overeem fghts Antonio "Big Foot" Silva at UFC 156 on February 2 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada.


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KingofBJJ site profile image  

1/11/13 8:42 AM by KingofBJJ

Kevin Lole is an idiot. The only thing worse than looking at the guy is hearing him speak.

TenOfSwords site profile image  

1/11/13 5:58 AM by TenOfSwords

I find it intersting that Iole is for cracking down on PEDs when he has REDS!

Gwai Lo site profile image  

1/11/13 4:51 AM by Gwai Lo

Kevin Iole should have his IQ tested, at his expense, before each article he submits.

CindyO site profile image  

1/11/13 3:50 AM by CindyO

VTFU.   Cindy

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1/11/13 2:28 AM by SmackyBear

False.He tested positive for synthetic testosterone. His initial sample was flagged due to an abnormal T:E ratio, and he didn't have a CIR confirmation done on the B sample since he knew it would be positive. Also, he submitted his only other random test far too late to be relevant, so he didn't exactly pass every other test.He gave a defense of being unknowingly given the testosterone, but he wasn't exonerated. He was found responsible for what he put into his body. The nine month suspension is what the NSAC gives a lot of first time steroid users. For example, Belfort, Bonnar, King Mo and Cope all got nine months for first time steroids tests. So Overeem's nine moths shouldn't be seen as a reduced sentence.Also, the most tested argument is just not true. Many commissions don't even test everyone on a card, and the NSAC is the only one with much random testing at all. Most fighters aren't tested that much, and they know the dates well in advance. The NFL runs 14,000 tests (the date of which aren't known in advance) on its players a year despite only having about 2,000 players.

Chappie site profile image  

1/10/13 10:51 PM by Chappie

You are correct sir.

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1/10/13 9:16 PM by ssj

lol bobba fett is a boss as AZKIEL said, L2STARWARZ!agree with iolefuck ped using cheaters, scum blighting the sport.

Enemies site profile image  

1/10/13 8:57 PM by Enemies

I find myself often disagreeing with Iole but I actually agree with him this time around.

clem site profile image  

1/10/13 8:02 PM by clem

sweeping generalization or not, we as spectators demand to be entertained. Look at the home run race of the 90's in MLB. how exciting was it to watch a home run derby every game? exactly. we place these expectations on our atheletes and with the amount of money in athletics (athletes, tax revenue, etc..) im not necessarily for or against ped's as i have never experienced their benefits/side effects, however just like with drinking alcohol, i think its a personal choice. its the fighter that has to live with the consequences on his/her body later in life. i could go on but...I'm open to be educated.

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1/10/13 7:56 PM by 335iguy

Go fuck yourself iole!!