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“Court McGee Overdosed on Heroin Once” Reports Every MMA Outlet With Nothing New to Say

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(Woah, that dead body is, like, a metaphor. *brain asplodes*)

Did you guys know that Court McGee overdosed on heroin once? Because Court McGee totally overdosed on heroin once.

Those of you who just started following MMA last month should know that Court McGee, the TUF 11 winner and six fight UFC veteran fighting on tonight’s ‘Condit vs. Kampmann’ main card, used to do heroin. Like, a lot of it. And for some reason, whenever he’s scheduled to fight, we, the mighty MMA media, feel obligated to remind you of this fact.

I shit you not, every. single. time. McGee fights, some dude holding a clipboard and wearing a headpiece knocks on each of our doors and tells us to run the McGee-heroin story again. We don’t know who he is, but he looks like he doesn’t have time for our backsass, so we put our heads down and run with a story that has been regurgitated verbatim since at least 2010. McGee’s wife was recently quoted as saying that her husband, “Understands how miserable these people are that are stuck in this cycle of addiction.” We know the feeling; it’s like we’ve been stuck in a time loop for three years now.

Just so you know, McGee hasn’t hadn’t a drop of alcohol since 2006, or four years before we first began running with this story. He hasn’t applied rubbing alcohol to a cut, he hasn’t pumped his own gas, he hasn’t even had a scoop of his beloved Rum Raisin. The man is more sober than you could ever dream of being.

He has a couple of kids now, though, kids who will soon wonder whether their father was ever really a professional fighter like he claims or a motivational speaker. Based on the content of 90% of the articles they find via a simple Google search, they will assume the latter.

To summarize: Court McGee used to do a lot of heroin, but isn’t doing nearly as much any anymore. He also fights fellow TUF winner Robert Whittaker on the FOX Sports 1 main card tonight. Oh, you didn’t know he was a professional fighter? Well he is, and not only that, he’s a professional fighter who once overdosed on heroin!

Oh God…the loop is starting again…QUICK, SOMEONE POWER DOWN THE SOURCE CODE!!

-J. Jones

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Former UFC Scrapper Paul Kelly Is Now a Convicted Heroin Trafficker


(Paul Kelly, leaving his audition for the upcoming Don’ You Go Rounin’ Roun to Re Ro sequel. / Photo via Liverpool Echo)

Paul “Tellys” Kelly, the thickly accented Scouser who compiled a 5-4 record while competing in the UFC as a welterweight and lightweight from 2008-2011, was just convicted of drug-trafficking in his native England, and is currently awaiting sentencing next month. According to the charges filed against him, Kelly — who has maintained his innocence throughout his trial — led a significant heroin dealing operation, in which he and his friend Christopher St John McGirr used couriers to import and distribute heroin. The Liverpool Echo (which Tellys doesn’t seem to hold a very high opinion of) adds more details:

West Derby hard man Paul Kelly had denied being a major heroin dealer after an acquaintance of his was picked up with 1.5kg of import purity drugs in the footwell of his car. But after a four day trial jurors returned unanimous guilty verdicts and he was remanded in custody to await sentence…

During his trial he claimed he earned £100,000 a year and did not need to deal drugs for money. But prosecutor David McLachlan said the fighting money had dried up after he left UFC and ended up losing a “journeyman” bout in India.

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If Commissions Can’t Afford Year-Round Drug Testing, Should Promotions Foot the Bill to Keep the Sport on the Up-And-Up?

(Maybe they should let some terrible judges go instead as a cost-cutting measure.)

Last week MMAJunkie reported that the Nevada State Athletic Commission will be cutting random year-round drug testing from it’s 2011 budget due to a lack of available funding. The move will free up upwards of $20,000 that the program required to run in the past. In 2009, NSAC received $18,000 in government funds for the testing program. The governing body requested the same amount last year, but only received $12,000, but before the year was over, were asked to give the money, which was mostly spent by that time, back to State regulators.

Because the costs of effectively running the program are simply too great without an outside funding source, the commission has been forced to suspend out-of-competition drug testing. Athletes are still tested either the day prior to an event or immediately following it — sometimes both —  but with adequate time to clean out their systems, fighters can easily test clean even if they have been abusing performance enhancing drugs for months during the rest of the “off-season.”

The question is, should commissions just throw in the towel in the fight against drug use by MMA athletes or should they come up with other means of procuring the funds to try to keep the sport as clean as possible like other professional sports like football, baseball, basketball and hockey do?

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