Public disclosure started, as it so often does now, with a tweet:
Jessica Eye @jessicaevileye
So as you all know I am big advocate against PED &proudly say ill never do them,Unfortunately for my last opponent she was not. #Damm #fail
Eye had fought Carina Damm at the North American Allied Fighting Series in Ohio on June 20th, losing a unanimous decision.
Damm, the sister of UFC fighter Rodrigo Damm, became the first female in mixed martial arts to test positive for Performance Enhancing Drugs, following an 11-second knockout victory over Lashonda Knox on April 3, 2008. She was found by the California State Athletic Commission to have a nandralone count of 37.9 nanograms per milliliter, nearly 20 times the allowed limit of 2 ng/ml.
Damm was fined $2,500, and suspended from fighting for one year. Now some five years later, it appears to have happened again.
MMASucka followed with the Ohio State Athletic Commission Executive Director Bernie Profato.
What Profato revealed was much more shocking than a simple failed drug test. It turns that while Carina Damm’s urine test was negative for banned substances, it also tested negative for actually being urine. Damm apparently handed a sample cup of a non-urine substance to the female attendant in the room with her while she was supposed to provide her sample. The sample was then handed to the doctor assigned to the card, who then handed that and the five other samples taken that night to Executive Director Profato, who sent them off to the lab for testing.
Concerns were initially voiced in the chain of evidence when the trauma doctor on the site noted that the urine in Damm’s sample was “a little clear” and felt “cool” instead of warm. These suspicions were later confirmed when the laboratory responsible for the the OSAC’s drug testing contacted them with a request to perform additional testing on the Brazilian flyweight’s sample, due to certain inconsistencies. The follow-up testing confirmed these suspicions, and Carina Damm will be suspended and fined under Ohio State Athletic Commission Code 1-3773-1-12, Section F.
The Ohio State Athletic Commission is giving Carina Damm the opportunity to appeal, with a hearing tentatively set for August 13th. If Damm goes ahead, the commission will then have the discretion to either maintain the minimum 1 year suspension set forth by the executive commissioner, reduce or even waive it, or increase the penalty to its maximum level. “It’s a bigger crime to hide the crime than to commit the crime,” Profato said about the situation, noting that Damm may be worse off for her attempts to cover up for a potential positive test than she would have been for simply failing.
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Image by Keith Mills.
Damm is shown in the gallery below during happier moments, in 2010:
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