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Tonight is Strikeforce at the Playboy Mansion, featuring Joe Riggs vs his spine / Misaki and some dude being ritualistically sacrificed to Josh Thomson. The whole thing is being streamed on Sherdog.com from 7:30 onwards.

Jake and I are on the road right now will be at a wedding tonight so we won’t be around to cover the event until Monday. I’d say Sunday but there’s an open bar at this thing so I don’t want to make promises I can’t keep. My inner optimist is a retard, so when he says “You can wake up early and watch the replay and write some stuff before checkout”, I’m like “Yeah, maybe. And maybe I’ll wake up early to vomit and vomit and vomit and hospital and stomach pump.”

Anyways, I’ve set the Fightlinker Chat system up for 7pm onwards so you Jackals can entertain eachother during the event. Have fun!

Tatame has the latest chapter of the BJJ lovers’ quarrel between Hermes Franca and Marcus Aurelio:

After Marcus give his version of the history, França spoke to TATAME about his version, and he said Aurelio lied about a lot of details. “I’m fighting with him because I don’t respect him as a man, and I’ll be paid to do it- If he fight like he did against Clay Guida and Tyson Griffin, wow-“.

Remember that useless lawyer that Sean Sherk hired to try and clear his name over those steroid allegations? Well, he’s about to make a lot more money off another MMA fighter; this time it’s Antonio Silva employing his services.

As usual with these situations, I’m probably going to learn way more than I ever wanted to know about steroids, specifically Boldenone (aka the horse one). With Sean Sherk I ended up being a pseudo-expert on Nandrolone, and now I have less room in my brain for various shit that’s actually important like Simpsons quotes and 9/11 conspiracy theories. Dental plan! Controlled demolition.

One big red flag that’s already been thrown up in MMAWeekly’s article on the subject is Silva’s use of a supplement called Novedex:

Davis thinks the red flag arose from Silva’s use of Novedex, an over the counter testosterone booster.

“With the commission, you’re guilty until proven innocent,” he says.

Ironically, Novodex’s maker, Gaspari Nutrition USA, warns professional athletes of a possible positive test for steroids.

“We strongly suggest that you discuss use of Novedex with your sanctioning body before using it,” the website writes. “With results this powerful, you might be wrongfully accused of ‘cheating.'”

O RLY?

10 seconds on google later, here’s what we learn about Novedex, which contains a testosterone booster called ATD. And one of ADT’s known features just happens to be that it causes you to test positive for boldenone:

The OCB/IFPA underwent an experiment to see if the over the counter supplement known as ATD would cause a subject to fail a urinalysis. ATD is marketed as a “naturally occurring testosterone booster” and acts as an anti-estrogen. ATD is an aromatase inhibitor, in other words, it binds to and inhibits the enzyme that converts testosterone to estrogen.

The subject submitted a sample that was clear of any banned substances. After taking ATD for 2 weeks, the subject resubmitted a urine sample. This time, the sample came back positive for metabolites of the anabolic steroid boldenone (1,4-androstadiene-3-one,17b-ol). (The metabolites were 5beta-androst-1-en-17beta-ol-3-one and 5beta-androst-1-en-3beta-ol-17-one)

It is believed that ATD shares similar metabolites as 1,4-androstadienedione, a prohormone of boldenone. ATD products may also contain contaminants containing this prohormone, which would result in the positive test for boldenone.

Here’s the fucked up thing: everyone basically agrees that this shit is very very very similar to boldenone and has all the standard steroid side effects like hair loss and bitch tits. But the general consensus is that ATD technically isn’t on the   banned substance list. Too bad it causes you to test positive as if you had taken a banned substance. And herein lies the tricky shit.

There are different detection methods when it comes to steroid use: they can either detect traces of illegal substances, or they can detect the effects of illegal substances. For example when you take a synthetic steroid, they’ll nab you because they found that unnatural shit in your piss. But if you take something like Nandrolone (which is naturally produced by your body), they catch you by checking the levels in your system versus what a normal person should have.

But what happens if you’re taking something that’s not on the banned substance list that basically jacks up your levels as if you were taking an illegal substance? The whole thing with boldenone is that it’s a form of testosterone that doesn’t convert to estrogen as easily as natural testosterone does. And what does ATD do? It takes your natural testosterone and gives it the same resistant properties as boldenone. It’s a small difference, but a difference none the less.

So now we have to wait and see what the CSAC’s opinion of the situation is. My bet is they don’t even do the small amount of research I did into the situation. They’re fuckheads, after all. For the most part, they follow a simple rule: if you test positive, then you’re guilty no matter what the reason for testing positive is.

From a moral point of view, I’m interested in knowing what you guys think. To me, wether you squeeze your own oranges or buy Minute Maid in the store, you’re still drinking juice. ATD just seems way too similar to boldenone, and commissions didn’t ban boldenone because it was liquid in a vial, they banned it because of the effect it has in your system. If ADT does the same thing, then to me it makes sense that using it should result in a suspension.

Y’all know that I don’t buy the whole ‘Affliction postponing’ spin. They cancelled their second event, and now they’re doing something completely different in January with Golden Boy. And while the fighters from October’s card have all been told they’re moving over to the new date, I’ve still got my doubts. Not helping things is this from MMA Junkie / Inside MMA:

“There are going to be some changes — not huge changes but definitely changes for the better,” Atencio said. “I know that Fedor will be involved again, which is wonderful.”

“We’re just going to re-evaluate everything and make sure it’s the best card and just keep that momentum going from the first event (in July).”

This past weekend Affliction confirmed a new partnership with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions. The newly formed partnership will include four co-promoted pay-per-view events that will begin in 2009. The cards will feature both mixed martial arts and boxing matches in the same ring.

While Affliction is trying to sugar coat the changes as being positive, I’m not so sure fighters will see them that way if they’re cut to make room for boxing matches. With 11 MMA matches having been originally booked, I have no idea how they’ll keep them all unless they’re planning a 6 – 8 hour event.

As mentioned during Jake’s XMMA roundup, we popped our video interview cherry last weekend with MMA ronin Aaron Riley (check out a highlight ” target=”_blank”>here, in all it’s Top Gun goodness). Sure, I filmed about 10 seconds of a conversation with Evan Tanner back in July, but that’s more of a cherry nudge than a pop. We had a pretty good time with Aaron and if you like our Low Blow radio shows, you’ll dig this interview.

Unfortunately we had to cut things short halfway through so Aaron could fight and stuff, but we promise to track him down sooner or later and ask him more about what it was like fighting for PRIDE in Japan and if he got to meet Bif Naked when he was fighting for Bodog. I have a bet going with Jake as to if she smells like an old leather glove or not.

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