The Nevada State Athletic Commission is serious about ensuring that steroids and other banned substances are not used by fighters that compete in their state. They recently issued a memo to all fighters that are licensed in Nevada. Bad Man Sports has obtained the document and its full text follows.

To: All Nevada Licensees

From: John R. Bailey, Chairman

Date: January 7, 2008

Subject: Additional Steroid and Drug Testing

Through all of our collective efforts, we have come a long way in eradicating the use of prohibited substances (e.g., steroids) in unarmed combat in Nevada. There is however much work to be done. While the vast majority of our licensed fighters understand the health risks and unfair competitive advantage associated with the use of prohibited substances, the Commission continues to identify a small number of fighters who refuse to comply with our statutes and regulations. There has been some indication through comments made during the Commission’s public meetings that these non-compliant fighters have become very sophisticated in the timing of taking prohibited substances.

Therefore, in addition to the steroid and drug tests performed on contestants on fight night, the Commission will be requiring fighters licensed by the Commission, and applicants for such licensure, to submit to these tests when ordered by the Commission at other times during the year. (The costs of these “pre-fight night” tests will be paid by the Commission.) The process for selecting which fighters are required to submit to these tests will be based on: (i) a random selection; (ii) some indication that a particular fighter may be using a prohibited substance; or (iii) the fact that a fighter has previously tested positive for using a prohibited substance.

The Commission will contact the fighter directly and will also attempt to contact the fighter’s promoter, if known, with the ordering of the test and the timeframe within which the test must be taken. If a fighter either fails to take the test within that the required timeframe or fails the test, the Commission may refuse to license the fighter, refuse to allow the fighter to compete, and/or discipline the fighter. As you know, the Commission’s primary goal is to deter fighters from taking non-approves substances. Consequently, the Commission is hopeful that all tests will come back negative.

The Commission and its staff appreciate your efforts to ensure that competition between fighters in Nevada is conducted in a fair manner and that each fighter’s health is not compromised by the use of prohibited substances. If you have any questions or comments on this matter, please contact the Commission’s Executive Directo, Keith Kizer at (702) 486-2575. As always, please feel free to contact any Commissioner with any concerns you may have. Thank you.

It’s commendable that the commission is looking to keep performance enhancers out of the sport and in order to ensure this, year-round testing is indeed required. However, how does one determine what “some indication that a particular fighter may be using a prohibited substance” is?

Nevada is the first state commission to take such a stand.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Brazilian Commission Says Cortney Casey 'Forged Injury' from Illegal Kick | MMAWeekly.com

  • 17 days ago
  • 38 views

Cortney Casey claimed she was the victim of an illegal head kick. The Brazilian athletic commission claimed she was faking it. read news >>

Darren Stewart Blasts Brazilian Commission for Being Biased | MMAWeekly.com

  • 17 days ago
  • 10 views

After the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission overturned his debut UFC victory, Darren Stewart accused CABMMA officials of being biased. read news >>

Mayweather Promotions CEO: Conor McGregor's boxing license means nothing

  • 8 days ago
  • 37 views

UFC champion Conor McGregor was issued a boxing license by the California State Athletic Commission on Wednesday. So what, says Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe.Filed under: Featured, News, read news >>

Conor McGregor petitions Nevada court for judicial review of NSAC suspension

  • 2 days ago
  • 9 views

UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor once wished the Nevada State Athletic Commission luck in trying to get a $150,000 fine from him. Now he’ll see them in court.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

Conor McGregor petitions Nevada court for judicial review of NSAC fine

  • 2 days ago
  • 3 views

UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor once wished the Nevada State Athletic Commission luck in trying to get a $150,000 fine from him. Now he’ll see them in court.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

Nick Diaz and Nevada Athletic Commission Reach Agreement | MMAWeekly.com

  • 2 days ago
  • 39 views

Nick Diaz and the Nevada Athletic Commission have reach an agreement that will allow the Stockton native to compete again and/or serve as a cornerman. read news >>

Conor McGregor Challenging NSAC Fine Stemming from UFC 202 Press Conference

  • 2 days ago
  • 3 views

The Nevada State Athletic Commission fined Conor McGregor $150,000 for his conduct at a pre-fight press conference in advance of UFC 202, but the UFC lightweight champion is reportedly challenging th read news >>

UFC statement on Rashad Evans

  • 19 days ago
  • 0 views

UFC has been notified by the Ontario Athletic Commission that it has declined to approve a license for middleweight Rashad Evans, based on the recent medical issue that prohibited him from competing read news >>

Rashad Evans Rebukes Athletic Commission Health Concerns | MMAWeekly.com

  • 18 days ago
  • 82 views

Despite being denied a license to fight twice in a two-week span, Rashad Evans issued a statement rebuking athletic commission health concerns. read news >>

Darren Stewart's UFC Fight Night 100 TKO of Francimar Barroso flipped to no-contest by Brazil commission

  • 18 days ago
  • 31 views

The opening bout of this past Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 100 event in Brazil had plenty of controversy. Now it no longer has a winner.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC, Videos read news >>