Goddamnit I am pissed off. I’ve had to spend my time today dusting up on Nandrolone instead of riding ponies down at the ranch. This is the LAST TIME I’m gonna bring this up, and I’m just bringing it up to show what a total assface Dana White is with his ‘experts’ and his whack understanding of Nandrolone. Read this:
Olympic laboratories, tasked with ensuring that their tests are fair as well as effective, have researched natural nandrolone production regularly over the past quarter-century, the most recent study being conducted at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.
There, of 621 competitors tested after competition, only five produced results where their nandrolone levels exceeded 0.1 nanograms per millilitre of urine (ng/ml).All five were women. The levels in women are marginally higher, as a result of a different hormonal make-up and use of the contraceptive pill. But the levels are still minimal. Nobody in the Nagano tests exceeded 0.4ng/ml.
This just served to confirm the IOC’s cut-off levels – a doping-control speed limit, where anything above 2ng/ml in men or 5ng/ml in women is regarded as an offence. Basic arithmetic suggests that the IOC scientists have set themselves a generous margin for error – 2ng/ml being 20 times what might be regarded as a “normal” level of nandrolone in men.
So there you go. No Dana, the average person doesn’t walk around with 6ng. He doesn’t even walk around with 2ng. The average person walks around with less than half a nanogram of Nandrolone (try saying that five times fast). And the limit was based on tests against Olympic athletes, people just as dedicated if not more to their exercise routine than Sean Sherk.
And here’s the best bit on REAL scientists being pissed off with lawyers paying for tests that back up their client’s bogus claims of innocence:
The British decision to absolve Richardson of any blame on the basis of the tests in Aberdeen infuriated Dr Christiane Ayotte, the head of the IOC lab in Montreal and the most senior drug tester on the Olympic list. “This research was not even carried out on a proper scientific basis. We test thousands of athletes every year. All of them train hard, and many of them use supplements. So why don’t they all test positive? It makes no sense.
“We have been testing for nandrolone for 25 years – do they think we don’t know what it is when we find it?”
White: I’ve known Sean Sherk for a long time. He’s a really good man. He trains hard and has worked hard to get where he’s at. You and me probably have six nanograms [of the steroid Nandrolone] in our system; he had 12. Other guys who’ve been busted for the same steroid have had over 50 nanograms in their system. What my experts tell me is, there’s no way that he would only have 12 in his system.
First off, Dana’s ‘experts’ are wrong. The average active person walks around with less than 1 nanograms … guys like Dana probably have as little as 1/10th of a nanogram. That’s a fuckload less than 6.
This whole ’6′ value is a total fucking myth … it was invented by lawyers trying to get athletes off the hook for doping. By and large it’s just now considered the ABSOLUTE MAXIMUM an athlete can test positive for without being instantly considered guilty as sin.
“There’s no way that he would only have 12 in his system.”
Oh come on now. There’s SO MANY WAYS he could have 12 in his system. He could have been cycling off the shit. One of his 30 different supplements could have had it. Keith Kizer has already gone over the A to Z on all this and simply put, 12 is not a weird number at all. In fact, 12 is a much more suspicious number than the off the chart numbers dropped by guys like Royce Gracie and Nate Marquardt.
Anyways, I’m not God so I’m not about to pass final judgment either way. But to have the president of the UFC say he’s going to crack down on steroids and then in the same fucking breath defend a guy who tested positive … it’s just nuts! Simply put, this is not a good precedent, no matter how many threats Dana White makes regarding fighter testicles.
The latest news from Wanderlei Silva is he’s coming to America, and will be fighting for the UFC in December. Could the fabled fight between Wand and Chuck finally be nigh? At the moment there’s just too many things up in the air. Perhaps the UFC is planning on using Wand to prop up their TUF finale earlier in December. If the UFC wants to set Silva up as a monster, there’s no better way than having him rip some poor TUF alumni limb from limb on national television. That certainly gave Anderson Silva instant credibility.
Anyways, it’s way to early to even hope that Chuck vs Wanderlei is gonna happen for the UFC’s NYE show. But I can’t stop myself from hoping. Damn UFC. I wish I knew how to quit you.
The oh so exciting news from yesterday was that Travis Lutter is off the UFC74 card with a neck injury. Half the blogosphere is acting like this is going to be some kind of huge pissoff for Dana White, considering the last Lutter-related fuckup resulted in UFC68 having no title fight. Well, this is a bit different … UFC74 is still 3 weeks away so finding a replacement for Lutter is no big deal. The fight was on the undercard so it’s not like they were relying on him for draw. And finally, why would Dana be upset that he doesn’t have to pay a guy he probably doesn’t like?
If anything, I’m sure the UFC is perfectly happy to scratch Travis off the card and replace him with whatever new prospect has been sending Joe Silva naked pics over Myspace lately. Booking Lutter was probably only a contractual obligation anyways, so the only question now is if the booking fulfilled the UFC’s side of the bargain.
While most legitimate companies would have you believe their fighters are respectable tacticians and upstanding citizens, the truth of the matter is there’s a good number of thugs and morons running around the sport of MMA. Yesterday we talked about Kendall Grove managing to piss off the one guy in Edmonton with a gun. Today we’ll discuss WEC fighter Rani Yahya kicking people in the head at jiu jitsu tournaments.
If you watched the first big WEC show, you may remember Rani as the guy who chased Mark Hominick across the ring on his ass and climbed him like a tree. It was a pretty impressive showing considering Hominick was expected to tear shit up in the WEC and Rani was just ‘some BJJ guy’.
Well, last weekend Rani was coaching a competitor at an On The Mat BJJ tournament. During one of the matches he was having some serious disagreements with the referee and kept stepping onto the mats to argue with him. At one point the grapplers rolled off the mats and Rani picked his guy’s opponent, Dominic Cruz, up and shoved him. Cruz and Rani got in each other’s face until the ref separated them … and then Yahya ran around the ref and kicked Dominic Cruz in the head!
At that point all hell broke loose and a mob of people stormed the mat and chased Rani out of the building. Rani hightailed it across the parking lot and wasn’t seen for the rest of the tourney.
I gotta say, this easily beats Drew Fickett’s drunken ADCC scuffle. I’m glad to see that grappling tournaments are where these fighters let their freak flags fly and really flip out. So long as they keep doing it, I’ll keep having stuff to write about here.