October 03, 2007
Another mixed martial artist has tested positive for an anabolic steroid.
Anthony Torres, who was stopped in the first round of his fight with Jess Liaudin at UFC 75 in London on Sept. 8, tested positive for Boldenone, UFC vice president Marc Ratner said.
Because there is no entity which regulates MMA in the United Kingdom, the UFC administered drug tests at random before and after the fights that night.
Torres was found to have Boldenone in his system. He will not be able to be punished by a commission since none has jurisdiction, but Ratner said the UFC plans to advise athletic commissions of the positive test.
The UFC released Torres from his contract for poor performance after the loss to Liaudin, Ratner said.
"We strongly hate steroids and we're going to do what we have to do to get them out of this sport," Ratner said.
The other fighters who were tested all passed. Those who were tested are UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson, Dan Henderson, Dennis Siever, Michael Bisping, Terry Etim, Houston Alexander and Gleison Tibau.All of the fighters who competed at UFC 76 on Sept. 22 in Anaheim, Calif., passed their steroids test and all but Kazuhiro Nakamura passed the test for drugs of abuse.
Nakamura was found to have marijuana in his system. He was fined $500 and suspended through Dec. 21.
At the Strikeforce show on Sept. 29 at the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, Calif., Adam Smith tested positive for cocaine and marijuana. He was fined $1,500 and suspended through June 25.
All 23 other tests for drugs of abuse on that show were negative, though results of steroids tests are still pending.