OFFICIAL Sherk & Franca Test Positive For Steriods Thread
07-19-2007 04:18 PM
OFFICIAL Sherk & Franca Test Positive For Steriods Thread
Originally Posted by Sherdog
UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk (Pictures) has tested positive for Nandrolone Metabolite following his title defense July 7 in Sacramento, Calif, the state's athletic commission revealed Thursday. Sherk scored a dominating five-round decision win over Brazilian Hermes Franca (Pictures), whom the CSAC also said tested positive for the banned substance Drostanolone.
After testing both "A" and "B" samples of the urine specimen provided by Sherk the day before the fight, the UFC champion's Nandrolone level was certified by the Director of Science and Technology at the lab conducting the tests at 12 ng/ml, two times higher than the threshold allowed by the CSAC, said the state regulatory body.
The Minnesotan lightweight has been fined $2,500 and suspended 365 days from the date of the fight, including an additional 10 days that would need be served if Sherk reapplied for a license to fight in the Golden State.
Calls to Sherk and his trainer Greg Nelson were not immediately returned.
Franca was also fined $2,500 -- the maximum fine the CSAC can levy -- and suspended through July 5, 2008. The Brazilian told MMAweekly.com that he had used a "banned substance" prior to the fight.
"I offer only an explanation and not an excuse," Franca said. "I made a decision during a difficult time in my training for the fight that I regret."
Saying an injured ankle prompted him to look for ways to "accelerate the healing process" Franca said he made the "shortsighted" choice to use a banned substance. "Under the pressure of literally not being able to pay next months bills I made a choice," he told MMAweekly. "I had to fight and did whatever I could to do so."
UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva (Anderson Silva' class='LinkSilver'>Pictures) and Nathan Marquardt (Pictures), participants in July 7's other title fight in Sacramento, Calif., were both cleared for any banned substances.
This news comes on the heels of a CSAC report that revealed 28 violations, including nine for steroids, of its anti-doping policy from March 31, 2007 through July 6, 2007. Seventeen of the 28 violators were fighters in mixed martial arts contests.
07-19-2007 04:19 PM
- A STATEMENT FROM HERMES FRANCA ABOUT POSITIVE TEST
Thursday, July 19, 2007 - - MMAWeekly.com
This statement was provided to MMAWeekly on behalf of Hermes Franca to address the positive drug test as found by the California State Athletic Commission after his bout with Sean Sherk at UFC 73:
In the next few days, the results from the California Commission will be released. The tests will show that I had a "banned substance" in my system.
I would like to apologize to my fans, the UFC, my students and family. I offer only an explanation and not an excuse. I made a decision during a difficult time in my training for the fight that I regret.
About 8 weeks out from the fight, I badly injured my ankle during a training session. For the following week I had rested it, rehabbed it and tried to work around the injury. It was obvious that I could not train as required.
I contacted the UFC and explained my injury and how I could not possibly train to the level I thought I would need in order to be properly prepared for my fight. I asked the UFC if we could push the fight out to the following UFC with the chance that it could happen. They explained that they could not do that and that the card had been set and it isnt as easy as just moving around a fight. I totally understood their position. They asked me to keep them informed should I not be able to fight.
I had not fought for 5 months. Fighting is literally how I put food on my wife and childs table and how I pay my bills. As a fighter though, even at this level, I live a simple life and I literally live from fight to fight. Not getting a paycheck for another few months and losing my chance to fight Sean for the title was overpowering. Fighting is the life I chose and I love it.
As a lightweight fighter, our purses are comparatively
small. The public sees the payouts. As lightweights, we do not pull down the money anything near the bigger guys. Its just the way it is. I think Sean fought and defended his title for less than $30,000. Its no ones fault, its just the market. I love the sport, I love the people in the
At this point I was desperate and needed anything I could to get my injury as close to healing as possible and be able to recover from the daily training regimen I was going through. I made the shortsighted choice to hopefully accelerate the healing process and allow me to keep training. Under the pressure of literally not being able to pay next months bills I made a choice. I had to fight and did whatever I could to do so.
I hope my fans, students, the UFC and the public accept my
sincere apology. Whatever punishment is dictated by the California Athletic Commission I will understand. I would like to get through this very difficult time and the times ahead and get back to fighting. All the best to my fans and much thanks to my family and friends that continue to support me during these times.
07-19-2007 04:19 PM
Sean Sherk, the reigning UFC World Lightweight Champion, who last competed on July 7, 2007 in Sacramento, has tested positive for Nandrolone Metabolite. He has been fined $2,500. His suspension period runs from the conclusion of his bout on July 7, 2007 through the remainder of his licensing year which is June 26, 2008. Furthermore, he has been assessed an additional 10 days in order to fulfill the terms of his suspension (365 total days). The additional days will be added at the beginning of his next licensing year when he reapplies.
Normal levels of Nandrolone range from 2 ng/mL (average person) to 6 ng/mL (athlete engaged in rigorous activity). Mr. Sherk's reported level certified by the Director of Science and Technology from the laboratory that conducted the tests was 12 ng/mL. Both the "A" sample and "B" sample were tested and confirmed as positive.
07-19-2007 05:09 PM
that only bans them from fighting in the state of california... right?
07-19-2007 05:11 PM
What the hell are they thinking? I don't get it.
07-19-2007 07:37 PM
Legally yes. But Sherk will most likely be stripped of his belt (he's gonna be suspended for 365 days). This means no BJ Penn/Shawn Sherk too. Sucks!
Originally Posted by sp33dkillz
07-19-2007 07:51 PM
As someone who did MMA training for YEARS let me tell you...
You can NOT train 5-7 days a week and fight without DESTROYING your body. Nandrolone really helps you heal faster, softens your joints, helps stamina and overall is basically NEEDED for most guys.
I knew all along that Sherk was juicing, it is pretty obvious. He is also using HGH, just look at the guy. I would put my $ on the line that 75% or more MMA pros use anabolics. It is the most physically demanding sport out there, and like Franca said, he has to provide food for his family with this sport!
Not to mention all the legal designer steroids and prohormones out there, some of which will raise the nandrolone metabolites. Maybe some of the failed MMA guys, like Gracie, took some of them, not knowing how strong they truely are..
Look at drugs like SuperDrol. It's legal, yet several times stronger then methyl-testosterone!
How is a natural guy supposed to stand up against someone twice as stong as him? He'll get his brains bashed in, even if his technique is the best. It's like putting a heavyweight fighter against a featherweight.
And most importantly, everyone that has a clue knows that anabolics are NOT a substitute for hard work and training.. They simply allow you to train more with less injuries.
07-19-2007 08:36 PM
I agree...and I'm on my way to my MMA gym now. I don't know if you guys heard Joe Rogans take on steroids in MMA but....it's brilliant
Originally Posted by smc252
07-19-2007 10:45 PM
Originally Posted by rickeepoo1
Do you have a link where I could see the interview with rogan's take on roids? I am really interested to see that.
07-20-2007 04:41 PM
Originally Posted by SteelEntity
07-20-2007 06:18 PM
I was looking...can't find it . The link that I was using is expired. Sorry guys.
07-20-2007 06:54 PM
This is what I was saying along. I really like sherk, and I knew he was on something. I didn't care though.
07-20-2007 11:03 PM
Seriously, though, it was pretty dumb to use nandralone... that stuff sticks around for a long time. Either he didn't do his research or his "guru" is a moron. Could have done a test or prosteroid cycle and passed easily.
Too bad... Sherk is a great fighter.
Last edited by TeamSavage; 07-22-2007 at 12:41 PM.
07-20-2007 11:38 PM
07-21-2007 12:10 PM
07-21-2007 02:48 PM
It's hard to imagine a career athelete wouldn't know about which drugs he was using.
Originally Posted by TeamSavage
He was probably given something w/ nandrolone mixed in with it.. It doesn't take much to produce metabolites months later.
Also, if he did a prohormone cycle that contained traces of 19-nor, he'd have a good reason for failing.
Did you guys see Chuck Liddell on Good Morning Texas? I've been addicted to pain pills, and his slurred speach/falling asleep looks MIGHTY familliar. Nyquil MY ASS!
What about the other clip of him either tweaking or all coked up, when he was in the UFC audience?
Just like wrestling, these guys HAVE to use drugs to survive. That **** isn't easy on your body, and there is no way around it. Anabolics SHOULD be legal via doctor prescription, that way only people that can SAFELY use them will have legal access.
07-22-2007 12:40 PM
Yeah, I thought the exact same thing when I saw that. He definitely looked like he was on the nod, or maybe some benzos.
Originally Posted by smc252
08-06-2007 09:52 AM
Update: Sean Sherk files for extension on steroid appeal hearing
Latest News for Sean Sherk....
The answer for which we have all been waiting weeks to hear is going to take a little while longer.
About two months, in fact.
UFC Lightweight Champion Sean Sherk filed for an extension with the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) regarding his appeal hearing on allegations of steroid use, according to Sherdog.com.
Sherk was scheduled to plead his case on Monday, August 6. Now, it looks like a resolution on the matter will not be determined until sometime in October — the next available date on the CSAC docket.
Here’s a snip from Sherk:
“I don’t want this to take any longer than it has to, but I hired my lawyer just a couple of weeks ago. I want to get this done as soon as possible so I can fight B.J. [Penn] in November, but the next hearing wouldn’t be until October.”
Both samples takes from “The Muscle Shark” prior to his bout with Hermes Franca at UFC 73 tested positive for traces of the banned illegal anabolic steroid known as nandrolone.
He faces a fine and year-long suspension, as well as the prospect of having to forfeit his 155-pound belt.
This latest news casts an even darker shadow over the possible opponent for Penn at UFC 78 in November.
Will the UFC wait for the decision — just one month before the event — to announce the showdown? Will Penn face new opponent? Or, will Penn just be put on hold altogether until the status of Sherk is determined?
It’s all a mystery right now as the soap opera continues. Stay tuned.
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