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CSAC turns heads with mishandling of information surrounding Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman drug tests

The California State Athletic Commission has created some confusion surrounding the lab results from Strikeforce‘s August 18 card after sending an email to members of the media saying the results for the event’s drug screening were deemed invalid, then followed up with another email saying there would be no further comment or explanation.

CSAC Interim Executive Officer Kathi Burns has since done some damage control, and saying the situation was all a misunderstanding.

“The information provided…is erroneous,” wrote Burns in an email to MMAJunkie. “The results of the drug testing for the August 18, 2012 Strikeforce event will be provided later this week or early next week. I spoke with the lab just a few moments ago and found that a delay in processing the results has occurred due to a simple, but correctable clerical error. I apologize for the confusion.”

The story also took a strange turn when the UFC VP of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner told MMAFighting there “was something wrong with the collection method but the fighters in good conscience gave their specimens.”

It is not known if every fighter on the Strikeforce lineup was asked to submit samples though it is logical to assume main event combatants Ronda Rousey and Sarah Kaufman were tested.


  • Lord Faust says:

    Waiting to find out Rhonda pissed hot.

    (Doubt it’ll happen but you’d hear my cackling all the way from Ottawa.)

  • hindsightufuk says:

    i agree, i would be laughing heartily if that happened

  • Lord Faust says:

    Informal survey states 3/4 readers cannot appreciate irony.

  • MCM says:

    I am shocked. SHOCKED! That the CSAC mishandled testing when it comes to MMA fighters.

    (let’s see how many appreciate sarcasm?)

  • darth_irritable says:

    I would *truly* crap myself with laughter if Rousey Overeemed.

  • RicM says:

    ………ya never know guys, maybe she didn’t Overeem……..she might taken a 420 break with the Diaz lads………

  • AlphaOmega says:

    It’s not just Ronda’s tests though right? It’s everyone on the cards that’s been deemed invalid. Wonder what Zuffa/strikeforce would do if the entire card had failed drug tests for one reason or another

  • Lord Faust says:

    Probably be satisfied with the offering made to their dark gods, and carry on. (Ultimately, this was Afflictions big mistake.)

  • darth_irritable says:

    Faust – I’d argue their big mistake was a certain babyfaced assassin, plus ridonkulous paydays

  • Lord Faust says:

    Yeah, but you’d be surprised how far a single goat offered up to Orcus can yield. 😉

    No, you’re right, Affliction was — as Dana so eloquently put it — a show being run by “some T-shirt guy” who quickly realised he was in over his head.

    Luckily for Atencio, he figured this out before he lost everything.

    Funny that you mention Barnett; I think he got less heat for killing a whole promotion than Bones got last week. Not that it means anything, but it’s odd how things work out.

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Dana also said “Affliction t-shirts suck”…nek minnut Affliction is a sponsor of the UFC.
    Dana talks out his ass. Anything that guy says that is genuine is lost is so much bullshit that it loses its meaning.


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