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Diaz Tests Positive for Marijuana use Following UFC 143 vs Carlos Condit

Nick Diaz tested positive for marijuana metabolites following his loss to Carlos Condit in their UFC 143 bout at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.  It appears that the Nevada State Athletic Commission did not find that any other fighter, fighting in UFC 143, tested positive for any other illegal drugs.

This appears to be Nick Diaz’s second violation of marijuana use following a matchup.  The first such incident came in 2007, at Strikeforce, when Nick Diaz tested positive following a submission victory over Takanori Gomi.  Following the discovery of illegal usage, the first time at Strikeforce, Diaz’s win was changed to a no-contest and the fighter was suspended for six months.  For the results of the test following his loss against Carlos Condit the fighter has already had a complaint filed against him by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

Should fighters have such strict penalties implemented against them after testing positive for marijuana use?  Being an MMA fighter for such a large organization as the UFC is a job like none other, but it is a job none the less.  If a fighter knows that they will be tested for drugs following a performance it is then that fighters responsibility to abide by those rules.  However, for a drug that has no proven athletic enhancing abilities, in fact quite the opposite could be argued, should fighters be subject to losing their victory and suspended for such a long duration?  Fighters facing fines or criminal prosecution for breaking the laws and regulations, implaced by the NSAC, should have some accountability, but are we saying that a fighter who tests positive for marijuana has an edge over his opponent who doesn’t?  Are the penalties in place by the NSAC sufficient when it comes to drug testing, or should there be some revision done by the commission?

‘King Mo’ Lawal gets to the bottom of steroid test

Light heavyweight Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal was the topic of a post that stated that the fighter tested positive for a steroid named Drostanolone.  Immediately following the release of this failed steroid test, by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, King MO denied having ever taken any steroid.

It appears that the culprit may be S Mass Lean Gainer, an over the counter sports supplement, that has an agent in it that is a precursor to Drostanolone.  King Mo’s attorney sent a letter to the Nevada State Athletic Commission stating these facts and MMAjunkie.com states the letter has this to say,

“Ultimately an athlete is responsible for what he/she puts in their body, and Mr. Lawal’s intent is not to shift blame or find an excuse,” stated the letter, of which MMAjunkie.com(www.mmajunkie.com) obtained a copy. “His intent was to figure out for himself what may have caused this positive test so that he can make proper adjustments to his supplement list and avoid this nightmare in the future.”

According to King Mo, when asked for any substances the fighter has been taking, he stated that he was taking nothing.  According to an interview of King Mo by MMAjunkie.com,

This is my mistake not putting anything down, but I didn’t think anything of like my Dimetapp (over-the-counter cold and allergy medicine) and amino acids and stuff. It’s just general stuff. I should have, I guess. I’m still shocked from all this.

Apparently Kogan, King Mo’s attorney, will not be filing an appeal for the suspension that was already administered to the fighter.  They state that knowing these results prove King Mo’s innocence is enough for them at present.

This does bring up a good thought however.  How can fighters avoid having these problems in the future whenever a local vitamin store may be housing many products with a need for heavier regulation?

King Mo Lawal tests positive for steroid use

The Nevada State Athletic Commission released, on Tuesday, that fighter Muhammad “King Mo” Lawal tested positive for a steroid called Drostanolone, in his last bout.  Lorenz Larkin was King Mo’s most recent opponent and the man who suffered the loss to the alleged steroid user.

According to an MMA Weekly article, Keith Kizer, Executive Director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, wrote an email stating, “All athletes tested negative for prohibited substances, except Mr. Lawal who tested positive for Drostanolone”

King Mo currently denies ever taking the substance.  It seems even despite his pleas of innocence King Mo will face disciplinary action.  According to the Nevada State Athletic Commission the typical punishment for testing positive for steroid use is a suspension around 9-12 months and a large fine.