by Ken Pishna (Reporting by Tom Hamlin) – MMAWeekly.com
The California State Athletic Commission on July 3, 2007, stated that fighter Phil Baroni had tested positive for Boldenone Metabolite and Stanozolol Metabolite following his Strikeforce main event bout with Frank Shamrock on June 22. He was subsequently fined $2,500 and suspended for one year.
Boldenone and Stanozolol are common anabolic steroids that are banned from athletic competition in California.
Baroni went before the commission on Tuesday to appeal and subsequently had his suspension reduced to six months. With the penalty being retroactive to the night of the bout, he will be eligible to fight again after Dec. 22. His fine was upheld.
“I take this as a loss. I never did steroids,” said Baroni following the hearing.