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It’s barely news any more when a fighter tests positive for steroids. From now on MMA websites should just make a big deal of things when an entire MMA card happens to be clean! Now that’s a big event! Latest in a looooong line of steroid users in MMA is Ariel Gandula, the can fighter the WEC fed to Doug Marshall at the last WEC:

Ariel Gandulla, who last fought at the World Extreme Cagefighting event in Las Vegas on Dec. 12, has tested positive for the anabolic steroid Nandrolone according to Keith Kizer, the executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

This is just the latest embarrassment for Ariel, who was supposed to be some hot shit up and coming submission specialist from American Top Team. He get subbed by the most basic armbar in the universe barely two minutes into his fight with a guy who’s about as known for his ground game as Captain Crunch is for it’s nutritional values.

ProElite had Frank Shamrock in their forums or something yesterday answering the same questions over and over. The big one obviously was “Who are you gonna fight next?” and the big obvious answer was what he’s been saying the past few months: Renzo Gracie, Cung Le, and now his brother Ken in 2009.

Rematch- I want to fight Renzo but he’s still recovering and in acting classes. I’m seeing if Cung Le will step up and be a real man. Ken fight is almost true, been working on it for 2 yrs and I’m trying to make it happen-Brother vs. Brother.

Frank goes on to espouse the values of the BJ Penn Fighting Schedule: 10 years of fighting with two fights a year. This is of course conditional on Sokoudjou not ripping Frank’s leg out of it’s joint again.

Talk about potentially shooting yourself in the face after shooting yourself in the foot. In this latest interview, Sean Sherk admits he had tainted supplements, but says it’s not his fault if there’s steroids in the stuff he takes if it’s not on the label. Then he follows up by saying this:

Sherk: I’ve thought about that a lot. What I need to do is protect myself better next time. First of all there is nothing I can do about contamination. Everything I take is legal and it does help so it’s not an option. I’m going to continue taking supplements. But I’m going to also get pre-fight tests done, both blood and urine, before I fight. If something like this happens again we just go from there.

So basically Sherk is going to continue doing what he was doing before, and when he does a pre-fight test a week before the fight he’s going to pull out because SURPRISE! He’s gonna have more steroids in his system. That’ll really be great … there’s nothing better than having a main event title match involving BJ Penn (or Joe Stevenson!!!) cancelled last second because a nimrod didn’t learn his lesson already.

You can check out the rest of his big stupid quote regarding this after the jump.

IF: You said that you all also found some supplement contamination in things you had taken. Talk about that please. What, exactly, did you find?

Sherk: Yeah, it was actually a testosterone booster in my Glucosamine supplement. It was just a regular Glucosamine supplement. I had seven of my twenty two supplements tested. That was one of the supplements I decided to send in to the lab. Testosterone boosters raise a test number. There’s no proof that’s exactly what caused it but it’s clear that there is contamination and it could be the cause.

IF: Shouldn’t you have known what was in your supplements and if they could have caused problems for you in tests?

Sherk: See, what happens is the companies have the products and they have to list what’s in the product. If they list something that’s illegal then that’s my fault. It’s my job to know what I can and cannot take. If I take something that has something illegal or banned on the label, then it’s my fault. But what some companies do is they put things in their products that are not supposed to be there so you can get a little more effect and think, “Hey this is a great product.” For the average person that may be fine but for guys like me that compete and are tested I could be entitled to one hell of good lawsuit.

When companies have the supplements made there are hundreds and hundreds made at the same place using the same equipment. One company may have one thing up to commission standards but another may not and when they make something like Glucosamine they put a little bit of this and a little bit that. That’s where the contamination comes from. My Glucosamine had the testosterone booster, that’s contamination and I’ve learned that happens a lot. I just read about a study in USA Today that said 25 percent of all supplements are contaminated

I didn’t even know what contamination was before. Now I’m doing all this research. I take twenty two different supplements. With 25 percent of those supplements having the risk of being contaminated that increases my chances of having contamination pretty well. I can’t stop taking supplements, I need the stuff and its legal so what am I going to do? I can’t test all of my supplements; it’s about $350 to $500 per test.

IF: Obviously, you are maintaining your innocence in this case and saying that you did not knowingly take a banned substance, but that doesn’t it make it less likely the things you say happened with the contamination and testing won’t happen again. What are you going to do from this point on to try and guard against that?

Sherk: I’ve thought about that a lot. What I need to do is protect myself better next time. First of all there is nothing I can do about contamination. Everything I take is legal and it does help so it’s not an option. I’m going to continue taking supplements. But I’m going to also get pre-fight tests done, both blood and urine, before I fight. If something like this happens again we just go from there.

I’ve been tested eight times in six years and passed them all until the most recent one. It’s scary but you just got to go on with what you got to do.

When Evan Tanner started Team Tanner, I immediately signed up to the Team Tanner email list to see what the fuck was up with it all. Originally I wasn’t planning on becoming a part of the team but when I saw the sickass shirts they were giving with $100 memberships, I decided that if I still had some money after booze, drugs, and miscellaneous Hello Kitty paraphernalia, then I would definitely possibly maybe become a part (maybe).

Well, it looks like I’m not the only one who’s blown all their money on a Hello Kitty Tarina Tarantino Bride Choker. Because if I’m reading the latest Team Tanner email correctly, only TWELVE people have donated over the past 3 weeks. Of course, the concept is still very raw and I’m sure most people are waiting for Evan’s first fight to be officially announced before committing cash to the cause. But you’d figure with all the douchey people hanging off Evan’s nuts on his MySpace page, he’d have at least 30 or 40 people by now!

Full text of the Team Tanner email after the jump

Hello everyone!!! Christmas is almost here…..I hope everyone has all of their shopping done!! I can honestly say…..I do not! I have been too busy. I did drop my daughter off at the mall this weekend and she spent $400 on like 2 tshirts!! haha I will save myself at the very end with season passes for snowboarding for this winter and to the local amusement park for the summer. I know it is kind of like cheating BUT if you don’t tell they will never know! :)

I would like announce the members of Team Tanner so far!!

Raven from Michigan

Dustin from LosAngeles, CA

Daniel from Kent WA

Jason from Mesa AZ

Rebecca from Vista CA

Shawn from Canada(who will be moving soon so I will add your new city next time we send out a list of the Team)

Jesse from Grant’s Pass, OR

JJ from Thousand’s Oaks CA

Jason from Chicago IL

Caleb from Piedmont, SC

Noah from Raleigh, NC

Jason from Red Hook NY

I want to extend a huge thank you for all of the support of Team Tanner. I would like to say however it looks like we need a few more people that names start with J on the team lol

If anyone needs anything or has any questions, please do not hesitate. We get a lot of emails and I worry that somehow I am going to miss someone who needs an answer to something. If I have ever done so, please know it is not on purpose…….and email me again to tell give me heck over it!!! :)

I hope everyone has a blessed holiday!!!!

Kyria

Killing the impotent rumors that Michael Bisping would face off against Evan Tanner at UFC82, Sherdog is announcing that Bisping will instead face off against Charles McCarthy at UFC83 in London. They source American Top Team for this info, but really … when news this dumb is announced you know it’s true because it’s way too stupid for anyone to make it up.

So who the fuck is this Charles McCarthy guy anyways? Apparently he was on The Ultimate Fighter 4, getting eliminated in the first round by Pete Sell. He’s also got the most awesome website ever. Past that this guy is a fucking ghost … I’ve seen 12 year olds with a bigger google footprint. I guess the important thing to know about Charles is he’s being set up to give Michael an easy start in the middleweight division.

I’m kinda torn about this … I mean, the UFC did basically tell Bisping to drop down a weight class, and it could be considered ‘reasonable’ that he get an easier fight for his first outing. On the other hand, Bisping’s already been given enough softballs in his career to open some sort of stupid softball emporium. There should be some kind of rule that you only get one softball fight in your UFC career, and after that it’s constant meat grinder. Can’t cut it? Back to the minors, you filthy limey.

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