Scott Coker: “Josh Barnett will be in our tournament, period”

Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker insists that Josh Barnett’s issues with the athletic commission will not keep him out of the promotion’s upcoming heavyweight tournament. Coker names a number of states that will allow him to fight.

Chael Sonnen receives one year suspension from CSAC

The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) has suspended UFC middleweight contender Chael Sonnen following a failed drug test he took prior to his UFC 117 bout against middleweight champion Anderson Silva.

Blowing Smoke in the Face of the CSAC

One of the best competitors is our sport has been pulled from a scheduled title fight due to his use of a prescription drug. That’s right, Nick Diaz, who basically ducked the California State Athletic Commission’s preliminary drug screening to avoid testing positive for marijuana, will not be able to fight or earn a living. This distresses me, and despite the majority of my fellow journalists claiming that “rules are rules” something should be done about this.

Really, what is the argument against an athlete using cannabis in preparation for a fight in California? In 2007 Diaz was stripped of his career defining win over Takanori Gomi, because the Nevada State Athletic Commission ruled that the drug gave him an unfair advantage. In their estimation Diaz was so high it increased his pain threshold and therefore enhanced his performance. The NSAC’s reasoning is sound, albeit a tad hypocritical considering there are several NSAC busted roiders with enhanced W’s blotting their career records.

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Barnett’s camp responds to positive steroid test and ‘Trilogy’ cancellation

Josh Barnett’s manager, Shannon Hooper of Excel Sports Management, has released a statement regarding Barnett’s positive steroid test result as administered by the California State Athletic Commission.

Although Barnett denies intentionally using any banned substance, the positive steroid test has caused him to be pulled from a scheduled Aug. 1 main event fight against Fedor Emelianenko at “Affliction: Trilogy” in Anaheim, Calif.

Here is the complete statement issued by Barnett’s manager:

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Barnett vs. Fedor fight in serious trouble

As if Tuesday did not have enough crazy news, Sherdog is now reporting that “Affliction Entertainment and M-1 Global are looking for a new opponent to face Fedor Emelianenko at Affliction ‘Trilogy’ on Aug. 1 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.”

Apparently the California State Athletic Commission will not license Josh Barnett after a positive test result according to the report. The CSAC said a comprehensive statement would be issued Wednesday.

Barnett said he had not heard any news regarding his eligibility and stated, “I took my test three weeks ago. I would have thought I would have heard something by now.”

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M-1 Global releases official statement regarding “Baby Fedor’s” positive steroid test

We reported to you late Tuesday evening that Kirill Sidelnikov, also known as “Baby Fedor,” had tested positive for the anabolic steroid Stanozolol during testing which took place at Affliction: Day of Reckoning when he fought Paul Buentello on January 24, 2009. Early Wednesday morning PRO MMA (promma.info) received the following statement from Sidelnikov’s management regarding the Russian’s steroid use and his subsequent suspension:

M-1 Global officials first learned that Kirill Sidelnikov failed his post-fight screening for performance enhancing drugs when it was informed late last week by the California State Athletic Commission.

Immediately after the company was notified, an internal investigation was launched. As a part of the investigation, M-1 Global officials spoke with Kirill and asked him to explain his position.

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“Baby Fedor” tests positive for steroids

It has been reported that Russian MMA fighter Kirill Sidelnikov (5-3), also known as “Baby Fedor”, has been suspended for one year and fined $2,500 by the California State Athletic Commission after testing positive for the anabolic steroid, Stanozolol.

Sidelnikov’s positive test results stem from his last fight on January 24, 2009 at Affliction: Day of Reckoning in Anaheim, California, where he lost to Paul Buentello (27-10) by TKO due to doctor’s stoppage in the third round. Although nicknamed “Baby Fedor” due to his physique and aggressive fighting style, he was no match for the wily veteran that is Buentello.

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