The California State Athletic Commission on Monday approved an
amendment to the California Code of Regulations that would
standardize a process for combat sports athletes to apply for
therapeutic use exemptions in the state.
The news was first reported by SI.com, and Sherdog.com confirmed the
report Wednesday with a CSAC official. The amendment would create a
new section (303.1) in the California Code of Regulations (CCR)
allowing individuals to apply for therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs)
when taking drugs to maintain their health, as diagnosed by a
Though approved by the CSAC, the amendment must still be passed by
the California Department of Consumer Affairs and the State Office
of Administrative Law before it can become regulation.
TUEs have been a hot topic of discussion in the MMA community, as
several athletes have had drug tests flagged by state athletic
commissions in the recent past, including top UFC talents Chael
Overeem and Nick Diaz.
Sonnen’s case, now settled, centered on the fighter’s inflated
testosterone to epitestosterone (T/E) ratio of 16.9-to-1. He was
suspended and fined by the CSAC, though the fighter pursued an
appeal based on testosterone replacement therapy that saw his
suspension first reduced and then reinstated. Sonnen’s suspension
in California expired this past June, and the fighter has competed
twice since -- once in Texas and once in Illinois.
Like Sonnen, Overeem also tested positive for an elevated T/E ratio
(14-to-1). The Dutchman submitted to a random drug test in Nevada,
and the former Strikeforce champion’s case is still ongoing. He is
expected to appear before the Nevada Athletic Commission on April
24 to discuss acquiring a fight license in the state. “The
Demolition Man” is currently still booked to challenge Junior dos
Santos for the UFC heavyweight title at UFC 146 on May 26 in
Meanwhile, Diaz’s case is also still pending. After testing
positive for marijuana metabolites after falling in a contentious
unanimous decision to Carlos
Condit at UFC 143 this past February, Diaz -- a medical
marijuana patient in California -- was temporarily suspended by the
NSAC pending a disciplinary hearing. Diaz was previously flagged by
the NSAC after a 2007 clash with Takanori
Also noteworthy from Monday’s meeting: the CSAC approved an
amendment to Section 303 of the CCR that will allow combatants to
use two asthma medications, salbutamol and salmeterol, after
modifications were made to the amendment’s language.