Ever since the beginning of steroid testing in mixed martial arts, which began in about 2000, there have been positive tests for steroids which have tainted the sport of MMA and the fighter’s careers. Athletes who use steroids have an unfair advantage on their competitor. Steroids are dangerous to the fighter’s well-being and are banned from MMA for that reason. Steroid use in MMA is a big problem. There should be more testing done on fighters and harsher penalties on fighters who test positive for steroids. Here is a brief insight to what MMA is. Two fighters fight in a cage or ring. Fighters fight in the different fighting styles of boxing, wrestling, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, karate, judo, kickboxing, muay thai, and sambo. Most of the best fighters train in all main areas. This makes them versatile, which makes for a better fight. Great fighters can finish one fight by punching, another by kicking, and the next by submission. In a MMA fight non-title fights last 3 five minute rounds. In a MMA title fight, there are 5 five-minute rounds. Fights are finished either by knockout, technical knockout (referee stoppage), or submission in any of the three rounds. If none of these occur then judges decide who won the fight. Steroid testing has helped keep the sport fair for all competitors. State athletic commissions test the fighters about two weeks to a month before a fight and minutes or hours after a fight. They usually use a urine test on the fighters. The athletic commission tests for all performance enhancing drugs and drugs of abuse. If a fighter tests positive for any of these drugs they will be suspended for up to one year for a first offence and have to pay a hefty fine of up to $10,000. The athletic commissions do issue these fines and suspensions for fairness of the sport and for the fighter’s health. One of these fighters who has had to pay the $10,000 fine is Josh “The Baby-Faced Assassin” Barnett. Josh Barnett tested positive for steroids just days...
Cited: Farias, Luis. "California State Athletic Commission Statement Regarding Mixed Martial Arts Fighter Josh Barnett." Home - California Department of Consumer Affairs. State of California, 31 July 2009. Web. 11 Nov. 2009. http://www.dca.ca.gov/publications/press_releases/2009/0731_csac.shtml.
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