September 12, 2007

Mixed martial artist Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone failed his post-fight drug test at last week’s WEC event, according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

Cerrone tested positive for Hydrochlorothiazide, which is a diuretic that can be used by athletes to assist in weight-cutting by impeding the kidney’s water-retaining capabilities. It can also be used to treat medical conditions such as high blood pressure and congestive heart failure.

04-Donald-Cerrone-UFC-FN27_475x268Diuretics such as Hydrochlorothiazide are banned by athletic commissions, primarily due to the medical risks of excessive weight-cutting. Many mixed martial artists, even without the use of diuretics, routinely cut large amounts of weight in very short periods of time prior to official weigh-ins.

In addition to massive dehydration if it’s used in significant quantities, Hydrochlorothiazide can cause dangerous levels of potassium deficiency, as well as vomiting, nausea, headaches, dizziness, drowsiness, loss of appetite, and muscle weakness.

Cerrone is a lightweight fighter who weighed-in at 155 pounds for his fight against Kenneth Alexander at last week’s WEC 30 event. Cerrone, who has an MMA record of 8-0, defeated Alexander by submission in the first round. It was Cerrone’s WEC debut.

Previously, UFC fighter Thiago Alves tested positive for the banned diuretic Spironolactone after his victory over Tony DeSouza at UFC 66 last December. At a discplinary hearing in February 2007, Alves was suspended for eight months from the date of the fight and fined $5,000.

In Alves’ case, the Nevada State Athletic Commission chose not to change the official result of the fight to a no-contest because it was determined that the diuretic did not aid in Alves’ victory.

Cerrone will have an opportunity to present evidence and testimony in his defense at a Nevada State Athletic Commission hearing in the future, though a date for the hearing has not been set.

There were 20 fighters on the WEC 30 card. The eight fighters who were drug-tested by the Nevada State Athletic Commission were Rob McCullough, Rich Crunkilton, Chase Beebe, Rani Yahya, Bryan Baker, Jesse Forbes, Donald Cerrone, and Kenneth Alexander.

The other twelve fighters on the card were not drug-tested.

Other than Cerrone’s positive test for Hydrochlorothiazide, all of the drug-tested fighters at WEC 30 tested negative for all banned substances.

Neither Donald Cerrone nor his representatives were available for comment at the time of publication.

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