Alexandre Franca Nogueira. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.
After testing positive for steroids under the watch of the California State Athletic Commission, one-time featherweight king Alexandre “Pequeno” Nogueira will now have to wait until next summer to be able to fight again, and it might actually be a goat’s fault according to the Brazilian.
In a recent interview with Tatame Magazine, Nogueira alleges that the positive test may have stemmed from tainted meat, from a cow or goat, that he ate in a restaurant while traveling and doing seminars prior to his loss to Jose Aldo at WEC 34 last month.
“I never used anything and should not use this type of rough steroid,” Nogueira said in the interview. “If I used something it would be growth hormones, which is what every top athlete usually uses. I took the usual supplements - Glutamine, Creatine and Myoplex.”
“If I had taken it, I would be very aggressive in the fight, and those who saw it realize that I was not aggressive,” Nogueira continued. “And this type of anabolic steroid is to get fat, to gain weight, and is used on animals. I had seminars and I had only eaten in restaurants specializing in barbecued meat, and they use this in cattle and goats there and they may have used it in any animal that I ate.”
Nogueira also noted that while he knows that he has been suspended and tested positive according to reports, he has yet to have been contacted by the CSAC themselves. Regardless, Nogueira has asked his agent, Alex Davis, to request a hearing so he can state his case.
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