Report: NSAC Passes Much Harsher Punishments For PED Offenders
By FCF Staff
For some time now, industry figures and fighters throughout MMA have been calling for harsher penalties to be handed PED offenders, and today, the Nevada State Athletic Commission took a big step in that direction.
According to multiple reports, the NSAC has voted to enact a new set of guidelines, which will punish fighters who test positive for banned substances much more severely.
For example, according to a report from MMA Fighting.com, first time offenders who test positive for testosterone, HGH or anabolic steroids, will be suspended for three years. The offender will also be fined 50 to 70% of their purse.
Second time offenders will be suspended for four years, and will be fined 75 to $100% of their purse. Third time offenders will be banned for life.
First time offenders who are found tainting test samples, using masking agents or who avoid drug testing will be suspended for four years. A second offense will lead to a lifetime ban.
The NSAC also announced stricter punishments for fighters who test positive for other banned substances, like diuretics, stimulants and sedatives (muscle relaxants, sleep aids, anxiolytics, opiates, cannabis).
Fighters who test positive for a diuretic or a stimulant will be suspended for two years the first time, three year the second, and a third offense will be met with a lifetime ban.
First time offender for opiates will be suspended for 18 months, two years for a second offense, three years for a third, followed by a lifetime ban for a fourth offense.
The new punishments are expected to be enacted in the fall.