by Matt Hill – MMAWeekly.com
As the sport of mixed martial arts is on the rise, so too are steroid/drugs of abuse-related violations in the state of California.
MMAWeekly.com has attained a report published by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) concerning the time between March 31, 2007, and Sept. 30, 2007, which is the first six months since its current testing policy went into affect.
CSAC tests all fighters for Steroids/Anabolic Agents and Drugs of Abuse. In the report, the commission breaks down all steroid or drug-related violations in the state for the sports of mixed martial arts, boxing and kickboxing.
Concerning the number of events for which illegal substances were tested during that period, boxing led the way with (56) tested events, followed by mixed martial arts (36) and kickboxing (8).
Of the 43 total violations reported by CSAC during the aforementioned 6-month span, mixed martial arts accounted for (33), followed by boxing (8) and kickboxing (2).
Of total combined violations 13 were steroid related, while drugs of abuse (drugs such as Marijuana, Cocaine, Methamphetamines and Amphetamines) were the cause of 28 positive tests. The other two drug violations reported by CSAC were a single adulterated drug test (test kit altered by tap water) and one refusal to test, is considered a violation.
Regarding the drugs of abuse tested, Marijuana was the most violated drug with 24 positive tests, while Cocaine, Methamphetamines and Amphetamines followed distantly with three, two and one violation respectively. There were also two occasions in which fighters tested positive for multiple drugs of abuse in a single violation.
The 13 steroid-related violations broke down as follows:
There were five instances of fighters testing positive to multiple steroids in a single violation and four positive tests credited to each of the following: an elevated T/E ratio, a Nandrolone Metabolite or a Stanozolol Metabolite.
Furthermore, there were two violations of fighters testing positive for Boldenone Metabolite and/or Drostanolone; and one violation each for Desoxymethyltestosterone, Estr-4 9-dien-3 17-dione, Oxandrolone, and Prostanozol Metabolite.