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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

No Holds Barred: On the Chael Sonnen and Nick Diaz Rulings by the Nevada State Athletic Commission 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman comments on the May 21 hearing and rulings by the Nevada State Athletic Commission regarding UFC fighters Chael Sonnen and Nick Diaz.

Sonnen had been suspended in 2010 by the California State Athletic Commission for an elevated testosterone/epitestosterone (T/E) ratio of 16.9:1. The CSAC only allowed for a maximum ratio for athletes of 4:1. Sonnen claimed that he needed testosterone replacement therapy, and on Monday applied for, and was granted, a therapeutic use exemption by the Nevada commission.

We read a statement by Victor Conte, the former BALCO mastermind who is now an anti-doping consultant and activist, calling this ruling "outrageous". We explain why this exemption in essence, whatever the intent, puts the Nevada commission in the role of being an enabler of doping rather than a preventer and blocker of doping, and thus support calls for this commission to be investigated and its members fired.

In addition, we discuss the one-year suspension and fine handed down to Nick Diaz for a positive test for marijuana metabolites, and contrast this to the kid glove treatment afforded Sonnen. Diaz has a medical marijuana card in his home state of California. But we also argue that Diaz, who had been suspended by this same commission back in 2007 for marijuana use, should not have been allowed to get off without any punishment. We also question the views of those who simply want to remove marijuana from the list of banned substances in the World Anti-Doping Code, and much more.

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