Keith Kizer from the Nevada State Athletic Commission must be getting jealous of all the attention Armando Garcia has been getting lately. The Nevada commission head sat down and talked in detail with MMAWeekly about all the ins and outs regarding steroids. It’s really too bad he ended the interview with a pretty explosive “Users are Losers” speech, because it means a lot of people never really payed attention to all the other interesting shit he had to say. Here’s my favorite bits:
On Random Testing
Every state has their own procedures concerning who will be drug tested and Kizer explained how it’s decided in the state of Nevada. “Before July 1, which was our last budget, luckily we got the legislature to give us more money to test more. What we did was we tested every title fight and/or main event and we also did some undercard bouts, nothing set in stone. I don’t know if random is the right word, but basically Marc Ratner and now me as the director would go and pick two or three or four fighters to test as well just based on luck of the draw, so to speak, on these fighters.
So basically they’re saying they don’t have the money to test everyone. Let me tell ya something Keith. Looking at the statistics on the failure rate in MMA right now, you’ll make way more money off fines by testing everyone than you will off this rinky dink random testing shit.
On athletes cycling off
“That’s the situation there, but again if you’re using steroids and you’re trying to cheat you’d be crazy to have it in your system a week later. Of course you’re crazy to have it in your system fight night. That’s what makes some of these cases like the [Royce] Gracie case so strange to be such a high level. When we’ve busted people for Nandrolone, their levels have been closer to Sean Sherk’s level than to Royce’s level because arguably, I’m not speaking for Sean, that’s not our case, but arguably in some of the cases we’ve had it looks like the fighter just missed it by two days. Had he stopped taking steroids two days earlier, he would have gotten away with it. That may have been the situation. I’m not sure.”
On Sean Sherk’s best chance of clearing his name
“In those cases, what happened was you don’t test the sample you have at home because then the athlete can open protein powder, mix it with a bunch of steroids, take it and later say oh look here’s my product. Test it, you’ll see it’s mixed with steroids. I don’t know how it got in there. What you do is you get the lot number, you contact the manufacturer, the manufacturer finds some of the product he has that’s [not] opened. He sends it unopened to a testing lab, they test it, and then they see whether or not it got mixed unintentionally with some banned product. If that’s the case the athlete wins. That’s happened in track and field, and that may be the situation with Sean Sherk.”