April 24, 2012 5:48:19 PM
NSAC denies Alistair Overeem license to fight, may reapply on Dec. 27
After a lengthy Tuesday hearing in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Alistair Overeem was denied a license to fight in Nevada and must now wait nine months before reapplying with the commission.
The ruling was a bit of a concession from the NSAC, which has the right to enforce a one-year waiting period in such circumstances.
Today's meeting took place at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas.
Overeem's camp initially requested a continuance of 45-60 days in order to gather more expert testimony to support its client's case. However, following a brief deliberation with his fellow commissioners, chairman Raymond "Skip" Avansino elected to proceed with the hearing.
The suspension start-date was backdated to the failed March 27 drug test, meaning Overeem is free to apply again on Dec. 27. While it would be a tight window, commissioner Francisco Aguilar suggested Overeem would be eligible for the UFC's customary year-end event, which is expected to take place Dec. 29 in Las Vegas.
In the meantime, the commission made it clear it doesn't want to see Overeem applying for a license or competing under the jurisdiction of another commission.Source: mmajunkie.com
March 28, 2012 7:02:43 PM
NSAC suspends Strikeforce's 'King Mo' Lawal nine months, victory overturned
The Nevada State Athletic Commission today voted unanimously to suspend and fine former Strikeforce champion Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal for a failed drug test following his appearance at "Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine."
Lawal was suspended nine months from the date of the fight, fined 30 percent of an $80,000 "show" purse, and he must surrender his $15,000 win bonus.
Additionally, his win has been changed to a no-contest, and he must provide a clean drug test when he reapplies for a fight license in Nevada.
"Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine" took place Jan. 7 at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, and the main card aired on Showtime. Lawal (8-1) defeated Lorenz Larkin (12-0) via second-round TKO during the broadcast.Source: mmajunkie.com
January 17, 2012 3:59:15 PM
Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal tests positive for steroids, determined to clear name
Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal has tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs following his bout against Lorenz Larkin at Strikeforce: "Rockhold vs. Jardine" on Jan. 7 at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
The Nevada State Athletice Commission (NSAC) claimed results show Lawal tested positive for Drostanolone, an anabolic steroid commonly used in body building, following his victory over Larkin. However, "King Mo" immediately denounced the allegations.
"I'm very surprised about this. I am very careful about what I put into my body," Lawal told ESPN. "I've never tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug. I've gone through, and still welcome, Olympic-style testing.
"I will do whatever is necessary to get to the bottom of this."
Luke Rockhold, Keith Jardine, Robbie Lawler, Muhammed Lawal, Tyron Woodley, Tarec Saffiedine, Tyler Stinson, Nah-Shon Burrell, James Terry, Gian Villante, Trevor Smith, Ricky Legere, Chris Spang, Estevan Payan and Alonzo Martinez were also tested but passed without issue.Source: www.mmamania.com