by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
The California State Athletic Commission on Monday announced that Bill Mahood had tested positive for the anabolic steroid Drostanolone following his loss to Bobby Southworth at Strikeforce’s Sept. 29 event at the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hill, Calif.
On Tuesday, Mahood released his own statement admitting to using the steroid and indicating that he would likely not fight again.
“I did in fact start the use of an anabolic agent approximately the third week in August,” he admitted. “This was at a time that I thought I was done fighting and was suffering from a chronic joint inflammation of my hip.”
He went on to say that he “did not want to miss the opportunity of fighting for a great promoter like Strikeforce” and immediately discontinued any use of the anabolic agent, believing that it would be out of his system prior to fight day.
“I do believe that there was no benefit from the amount ingested,” Mahood continued, but seemed repentant about the result. “I still tested positive and for that I would like to apologize to Strikeforce, Bodog Fight, and the sport of MMA in general.
“I will continue to work hard to further the sport of MMA as a promoter, trainer and manager, but it is unlikely I will continue to fight due to chronic recurring injuries.”