by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
The California State Athletic Commission on Monday announced that several mixed martial arts fighters have been suspended for failing drug tests in the state.

Not only that, but the CSAC took extra steps on some of the recent tests to be even more sure of their validity. According to representative Bill Douglas, “When CSAC says you’re positive then you are absolutely positive.”

Three of the announced suspensions center around an event that never occurred, the Valor Fighting event in San Diego (operating under the World Cagefighting Organization moniker) scheduled for Jan. 12, 2008.

“Even though the event was cancelled, these athletes are licensees of the state and can be disciplined for any violation of CSAC rules and regulations,” said Douglas. “All of these positive tests have violated Rule 303 – Administration or Use of Drugs.”

The CSAC released the following suspensions, including the test results:

Carlos Fuentes: Nandrolone measured at 4.4 ng/mL. Suspension in effect from Jan. 11 through March 30, 2008, plus an additional 286 days after he reapplies for licensure. Fine: $2,500.00

Kyacey Uscola: Nandrolone measured at 9.6 ng/mL. Suspension in effect from Jan. 11 through Jan. 10, 2009. Fine: $2,500.00

Gustavo Machado: Nandrolone measured at 20.8 ng/mL. Suspension in effect from Jan. 11 through Jan. 10, 2009. Fine: $2,500.00

The samples for all three of the named fighters were tested three times by Quest Diagnostics in Atlanta, Ga. Douglas also indicated that Uscola and Machado’s samples “were tested by Laboratoire de controle du dopage in Laval (Quebec), Canada, while Mr. Fuentes’ samples were tested two times at the same facility.”

In all, Uscola and Machado’s samples were tested a total of four times and Fuentes’ a total of five. Douglas stated that, “Fuentes’ sample was tested one additional time to guarantee that the lower level of nandrolone was consistent with an anabolic agent and not the result of a higher nandrolone level naturally produced in the human body. The final test absolutely confirmed that the 4.4 ng/mL level was consistent with an agent that was anabolic in origin.”

According to the World Anti-Doping Agency website, Laboratoire de controle du dopage is one of 33 certified WADA testing laboratories in the entire world. WADA certified labs test all athletes competing in the Olympics and their associated trials, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and the National Football League, among other organizations.

“Make no mistake about the fact that these samples were sent for additional testing to prove a point,” said Dougals. “With all of the testing that CSAC performs in conjunction with Quest Diagnostics, with all of the testing performed on both ‘A’ and ‘B’ samples before anything is divulged, with the absolute care and concern that fairness and justice rule the day before any penalty and fine is handed down, this proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that our anti-doping program is the very best in combative sports.”

Earlier in the day, Douglas announced that Fabio Costa, who last competed for Roy Englebrecht Promotions, had tested positive for Marijuana. His suspension runs from the conclusion of the bout on Feb. 20 through May 20, 2008 and he has been fined $500.