Sylvia voluntarily vacated his heavyweight title following his positive steroid test. …I heard what Josh [Barnett] had used, so I used something different and I was only using it to trim my physique.
In his own words: “[A]fter I fought Ricco [Rodriguez], I was in for a long layoff. I did it so long ago and I was way off it before I fought Mc Gee. I thought that what I was using, it was going to be out by the time I fought Mc Gee.
I decided to try some things and maybe change my physique a little bit and get in better shape. I fought Gan and apparently it wasn’t out.” KIMO LEOPOLDO (Pt.
Tested positive for: Stanozolol Punishment: $5,000 fine and a six-month suspension from the NSAC.
In his own words: “I wasn’t quite on par for that fight, and yeah, I did use some substances, and I did do some Winstrol in that fight, but at that time it was so early that I didn’t know I was going to be tested.
That doesn’t justify it, but I wasn’t using it as a performance enhancer to be strong or whatever. an extra little kick.” Leading by example: “Yes, I used steroids in my past to help support my efforts as a professional athlete/fighter.
Or are most of the fighters who have tested positive simply the victims of inept athletic commissions, shady nutritional supplements, and tainted goat meat?
After Josh Barnett’s latest chemical misadventure took down Affliction, we decided to round up every steroid bust in the sport since early 2002, when the Nevada State Athletic Commission began testing MMA fighters for performance-enhancing drugs. Update, 11/5/13: Beginning with Chael Sonnen in 2010, several MMA fighters have failed drug tests due to elevated testosterone, without being caught for a specific steroid.
To keep things orderly around here, we’ve quarantined those busts on page 2. 1) Caught: 4/22/02, following his TKO victory over Randy Couture at UFC 36.
Tested positive for: Boldenone, Nandrolone, and Fluoxymesterone Punishment: A six-month suspension from the NSAC and the loss of his UFC heavyweight title. () In his own words: “I am a fighter, not a lawyer.
Barnett fought the steroid charge, and didn’t compete again in the U. I am innocent, and I should be fighting right now.” Repeat offender: Barnett actually tested positive once before, for two different anabolic steroids, following his submission via strikes victory over Bobby Hoffman at UFC 34 in November 2001.
Josh was let off with a warning (which went unheeded, apparently) and the incident was never officially reported — but according to Sherdog’s Mike Sloan, Barnett’s first positive steroid test is what inspired Nevada to begin regularly testing UFC fighters for performance enhancing drugs.
TIM SYLVIA Caught: 10/7/03, following his first-round knockout of Gan Mc Gee at UFC 44.
Tested positive for: Stanozolol Punishment: ,000 fine and a six-month suspension from the NSAC.