(Keith Kizer can’t wait to stick it to you.)
Recently the Nevada State Athletic Commission announced that they would be conducting random drug tests. Meaning, MMA fighters can be tested at any time, regardless of whether they are scheduled to fight or not. And a missed test gets you a big “F” for fucked. While not a ton of details were provided in the initial announcement, MMA Junkie has since pulled a little more out of the executive director of the NSAC, Keith Kizer.
Although his answers started off like this – “I don’t know off the top of my head. I can’t think of anything specific….it’s hard to know all the possibilities….Ehhh. It’s hard to know in advance.” – he did answer some questions, one of which we already stated: if a fighter looks like he’s changed physically, then he’ll be tested.
Oh yeah, sure, sure. That’s possible. I don’t want to say it would be (a reason), but it could be. That’s a possible deal. I don’t want to say that would be a major reason to test a guy, but that’s a possible reason to test a guy.
Restating the point adds up to: “Yes, that will be the main reason we test a fighter.” But the good thing for fighters who – like those of you who have spent a night downtown because you were with your bud (who had some bud) when he got busted – they won’t be tested just because a fighter they train with got nailed for juicing. Although, Kizer admitted that if you were treated by the same doc or team, they might look into it. Again meaning, “yes.” But don’t misunderstand. No organization that is set up to police people and administer drug tests actually want to bust anyone. Cops don’t enjoy writing you tickets, do they?
Our goal is not to catch people. Our goal is to deter people from using (banned substances), and hopefully, that’s going to be the case.
Don’t get me wrong, someone who cheats to get to the top needs to be booted, but when we’re getting it from the horse’s mouth we should hear it straight. Like “Hell, yeah, I can’t wait to bust those cheating bastards! Get there by blood, sweat and tears like the rest of the champs! Douche!” Maybe that’s just my crazy dream.
One cool thing is the piss-on-a-stick test they’re using now.
“We started using these instant-tests for drugs of abuse on fight night and that actually the California commission started using about a year ago. I talked to (California State Athletic Commission Executive Director) Armando (Garcia), and he gave them a clean bill of health, sort to speak. The positives and negatives have been verified by the labs… We now use those, and those only cost us $6.50 per test as opposed to sending it in (to testing labs) and spending 80 bucks per test. So it’s a lot cheaper.”
This would allow them to conduct more tests and save money, since the steroids lab tests cost around $160 when it’s all said and done. If a red flag pops up from one of the quickie tests, then it’s off to the lab with them. Kizer also said the UFC and WEC has already alerted everyone and the IFL already does their own testing. The lesson to be learned here? Don’t juice it up kids. At least when you’re fighting in Nevada and California.