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NSAC Tests BJ Penn and Your Sense of Irony, All in One Day


(Just look at how good it feels to be drug-free.)

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has officially begun their off-competition drug-testing program, and their first testee was UFC interim lightweight champion B.J. Penn. While the NSAC does have some cause for concern about the presence of illegal substances in the upcoming UFC lightweight title bout, it probably isn’t Penn they need to be worried about.

Never fear though, because this week Sean Sherk is required to submit to an additional drug test by the NSAC. They also made him acknowledge that he is responsible for whatever substances end up in his body by whatever accidental/magical means. Because trust is something that you earn, Sean.

MMA Weekly reports that Penn came back clean for both performance-enhancing and recreational drugs, and quotes NSAC executive director Keith Kizer, who offers this completely unnecessary rationale for the program:

“Random testing throughout the year will further deter any fighters considering taking non-approved substances. The additional testing, which will be paid for by the Commission, will help us keep the sport of unarmed combat safe and fair for all fighters.”

The new testing program really only highlights questions as to why this didn’t begin sooner. Testing athletes only before events takes the element of surprise out of the picture, allowing them to cycle on and off with a firm testing date in mind.

Perhaps part of the reason this took so long to get off the ground is the commonly held belief that fighters are taking steroids in order to be stronger and faster on fight night. In fact, as Hermes Franca’s admission of steroid guilt after the Sherk fight taught us, the big benefit of steroids for MMA fighters is the aid in the physical recovery process.

Training hard twice a day for 4-6 weeks before a fight is bound to leave even the toughest guys in MMA a little banged up, if not downright injured. The knowledge that the NSAC may ask them to pee in a cup when they’re still a month or more away from the fight might make more fighters think twice about seeking help in a syringe.

While there’s no word yet on results of Sherk’s additional drug test, we have to assume that he isn’t stupid enough to so much as ingest a questionable protein shake before his first fight back from a steroid suspension. Regardless, expect the NSAC’s illegal substance awareness meter to be set to ‘ridiculously high’ approaching this event.

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KTFO- April 24, 2008 at 7:53 am
If BJ did test positive for anything illegal he could always blame it on Stevenson..haha
I mean we've heard every other lame ass excuse from other sports, if you think about it it isn't much worse. "UUUhhhhhhh, yeah. I was licking this guys life force off of my gloves after severing the largest fucking artery in his body when...."
stink47- April 23, 2008 at 10:09 pm
so sherk knew he d get tested after franca?
Noah- April 23, 2008 at 7:56 pm
Yes they should only test for performance enhancing drugs, not recreational ones (weed). What's going to happen if a fighter uses rec drugs, are they going to get hurt while on the job?
Alex- April 23, 2008 at 7:35 pm
Seriously though, why the fuck are they testing for recreational drugs in a fighter's off-time? That's absolute bullshit, as well as being a complete waste of resources
tim sylvia's pussy- April 23, 2008 at 7:28 pm
sherk is going to get raped.. he's nothing without his roids
Kim Couture is a cunt- April 23, 2008 at 6:16 pm
Sean Sherk is such a fuckin loser
C-Bus Allstar- April 23, 2008 at 6:15 pm
I don't understand why Weed is even still tested as an illegal substance. Hell everybody in the U.S. has smoked pot or been around someone while they were smoking it. It's not performance enhancing, it's not like it makes you tougher, hell if anything it's a performance inhibitor.

I'd say BJ has lit up more than a few times living in Hilo.. There's a lot of reaaaally good grass in Hilo.
godzillad- April 23, 2008 at 6:03 pm
Only noobs don't know that everyone in all title fights are tested.
Mr.Whitefolks- April 23, 2008 at 5:58 pm
The Photos says it all.... BJ is the G.O.A.T

I have to switch BJ 2nd round by sub.
stink47- April 23, 2008 at 4:29 pm
was sherk tested after he beat florian for the title?
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