On this audio edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Dr. Margaret Goodman, a neurologist, the former chair of the Medical Advisory Board of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, and the medical correspondent for No Holds Barred.
Once again, with the firing of now-former UFC fighter Nate Marquardt, the issue of the use of testosterone replacement therapy by elite fighters has come to the fore. After admittedly taking testosterone injections, Marquardt's levels were too high for him to be allowed to fight by the Pennsylvania commission on last week's UFC televised card. He was subsequently fired by UFC.
We thus spoke Friday by phone with Dr. Goodman, one of the strongest opponents of doping in sports, about what we know about this case and what more can be done to fight the rampant doping in combat sports like boxing and MMA. She called for the establishment of an outside agency to fight doping and conduct drug testing for these sports, beyond the often woeful efforts of the various state athletic commissions. She also called for athletes in these sports to step up and demand more effective anti-doping measures, as Floyd Mayweather Jr. has done. We also discussed the reported return to boxing of former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor following a series of brutal knockouts, the need for fans to speak up and contact the athletic commissions on these issues, and much more.
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