Last week is was reported that MMA legend Royce Gracie had failed his post-fight drug test following his decision victory over Kazushi Sakuraba. Reports indicated that Gracie tested positive for traces of Nandrolone which is an anabolic agent. The California State Athletic Commission has taken time to clarify the situation:
According to the CSAC, a normal person could potentially produce 2 ng/mL of Nandrolone, while an athlete following “rigorous physical exercise” could have a level of 6 ng/mL.
Both “A” and “B” samples provided by Gracie, said the CSAC, “had a level of over 50 ng/mL and we were informed that the level itself was so elevated that it would not register on the laboratory’s calibrator.”
Following the reports of his positive test result, Gracie maintained his innocence, stating he had never taken anything other then natural supplements or proteins over the span of his 14 year career.
“I have never in my 14-year fighting carrier [sic] taken anything other then natural supplements and natural proteins,” said Gracie, who was paid $300,000 to fight. “As such, I am shocked that anything was found in my system.”
According to Sherdog, Gracie, is currently on vacation with his family in Spain but he would file for an appeal.
Murilo “Ninja” Rua will not be fighting on the highly anticipated “Shamrock vs. Baroni” Friday, June 22 cage fight card extravaganza from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.
“Ninja,” who was scheduled to fight Joey “Dream Smasher” Villasenor for the vacant EliteXC middleweight title as part of the Strikeforce-EliteXC cage fight card that will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME® PPV (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT), did not pass the physical.
The California State Athletic Commission announced today that MMA legend Royce Gracie tested positive for traces of Nandrolone, an anabolic agent, following his decision victory over Kazushi Sakuraba.
Mixed martial arts icon Royce Gracie, best known as the slender gi-wearing Brazilian who twisted oversized competitors into knots during the early days of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, tested positive for traces of Nandrolone, a commonly used anabolic steroid, following his decision win over Kazushi Sakuraba, June 2 in Los Angeles, the California State Athletic Commission revealed Thursday.
The CSAC has suspended Gracie from June 2, 2007 through May 30, 2008 and issued him a fine of $2,500. Gracie has until July 13th to appeal the suspension.