CSAC releases statement regarding Irvin

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) has suspended the license of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter James Irvin as the result of a positive test for a banned substance.

Irvin’s December 2, 2010 drug test came back positive for epitrenbolone metabolite of trenbolone, an anabolic steroid. CSAC learned of the test results December 23, 2010 and immediately suspended Irvin’s license, with the suspension applied retroactively to December 3, 2010.

“The use of certain substances, including anabolic steroids, is prohibited under the Commission’s regulations,” said CSAC Executive Officer George Dodd.  “Our primary concern is for the health and safety of fighters.  Anabolic agents and other banned substances put not only the users of those agents at risk, but their opponents as well. The commission simply will not tolerate their use.”

CSAC has among the toughest drug testing standards of any Athletic Commission in the country. It is the only commission that requires drug tests to be observed and in the presence of a commission representative prior to a bout.

Irvin’s test was observed in the presence of a CSAC representative and the sample was sent to the World Anti-doping Agency test facility at the University of California, Los Angeles. Irving has the right to appeal the suspension of his license.