By Zach Arnold | April 5, 2012
“How to Pick Up a Gurl – Fast.” Wonder when he recorded this — before or after testosterone usage? (Someone go ask Karyn Bryant.) Before or after his claims of double knee surgery with Dr. Steve Mora?
Yesterday, Victor Conte pondered if Rampage Jackson is now the Jose Canseco of MMA in terms of exposing the floodgates of testosterone usage in MMA. After watching this video, you might actually think that the Canseco comparison is a little too accurate when describing Rampage as a man who is not exactly a genius of judgment.
If acting and UFC careers go awry for Rampage, he’ll always have his induction into MMA’s Testosterone Hall of Fame to put on his résumé. With such fellow luminaries as Alistair Overeem (allegedly), Dan Henderson, Todd Duffee, Shane Roller, Nate Marquardt, Chael Sonnen, Dennis Hallman, Bristol Marunde, and Ken Shamrock.
Mark April 24th on your calendar
That’s the date set for the next Nevada State Athletic Commission hearing where the fate of Nick Diaz will be determined. It will be fascinating to see what kind of impact Ross Goodman (of the royal Vegas family) has on the outcome of the proceedings.
I think this hearing is a huge test for Keith Kizer’s credibility in many ways. Why? He’ll be sending one hell of a message if Nick Diaz, a second time marijuana ‘offender’, gets punished on the same (if not higher) level as current steroid users are getting punished at. Will the book get thrown at Nick here?
While I’m not a cheerleader for guys getting into a cage high as a kite, I also do not consider marijuana to be a significant Performance Enhancing Drug when compared to anabolic steroids/testosterone. Call me crazy, I just don’t see someone having marijuana metabolites in their system to be the same as someone getting caught for, say, elevated levels of testosterone at fight time.
- Nick Diaz’s attorney uses Jonathan Tweedale’s marijuana defense
- Nevada amends complaint against Nick Diaz, shift strategy
Since Keith Kizer loves to be a politician in the media, I would love to see someone confront him on the marijuana issue. If somebody can get past the boilerplate ‘a banned substance is a banned substance’ rhetoric, I’d love to see him get grilled on the following questions:
- Do you consider marijuana to be a performance enhancing drug for fighters in combat sports?
- If you consider marijuana to be a PED, do you consider the effects of marijuana to be of similar enhancement to anabolic steroids & testosterone?
- Would you treat someone equally if they applied for a marijuana Therapeutic Use Exemption the same way you claim to treat guys who ask for testosterone TUEs?
If Keith Kizer wants to run to his media friends whenever he wants to get his side of a story in public, then let’s see the tables get turned on him here and actually answer some serious questions about the way drugs are currently weighted in terms of testing for performance.
By the way, I’m not the only one who has serious questions about Nevada’s Director. Victor Conte is on the warpath about what’s going on right now with all the positive drug tests in MMA. Take a look at what he’s had to say recently:
As soon as you start to use drugs you become a liar RT @ShokoAsahara: thought he said he got yolked from eating horse meat?
If UFC’s Overeem had a 5:1 T/E ratio, then he would have been negative under Nevada rules, but positive under California rules. BIG PROBLEM!
The 6:1 T/E rule in NEVADA needs to be CHANGED! Period. California & most of the world have been using a 4:1 limit over 5 yrs. GET REAL!
When is @danawhite going to wake up and smell the UFC testosterone abuse party! How much more obvious can this rampant problem become?
@danawhite needs UFC to use an independent anti-doping entity like VADA. Does MMA need the fox guarding the hen house? Hope you don’t plan to have a UFC anti-doping program that will be run by a UFC employee.
The protocol is for an elevated T/E ratio is confirmed by B sample testing w/ witnesses. Follow up CIR testing for “synthetic” test confirms. Simple. CIR (Carbon Isotope Ratio) testing for “synthetic” testosterone as a screen test would quickly reduce testosterone abuse in the UFC.
@danawhite The answer to cost effective drug testing for the UFC is right there in Las Vegas. VADA is on stand by. So do the right thing.
Keith Kizer. Answer the 64K ? Why does NEVADA use a 6:1 T/E ratio when the Olympics, MLB, NFL all use 4:1. Is it to help athletes cheat?
Poor excuse. RT @Rick_Guy: @VictorConte To attract big fights. Vegas is hurting and a stringent testing policy would only deter promoters.
Is @danawhite more mad because Overeem tested positive or because he lied to him about it? Still trying to sort that one out. Could @danawhite have possibly thought Overeem was not juicing before he tested positive?
On April 9th, there’s a hearing in Sacramento over what to do regarding Therapeutic Use Exemptions and the testosterone issue. MMA fans who want the sport cleaned up need to make a vocal stand now so that the commission and George Dodd hear you loud and clear. For commissions, money talks but so does political pressure and the testosterone issue is a loser for everyone.
This right here is the rule up for debate to amend. If you would like to send a public comment (e-mail), the guidelines are right here. The primary person to contact to send comments is: Kathi Burns (Kathi.Burns@dca.ca.gov) & back-up contact is Elizabeth Parkman (Elizabeth.Parkman@dca.ca.gov). Make sure to title your e-mail like this or with the identifying key words:
- Public comment re: Amend section 303 (TUE) for testosterone
Be professional in tone & content when sending e-mails to the DCA on this matter. The two PDF links I placed up above will tell you the information you need to know on what’s up for debate.