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Report: Much, Much Heavier Penalties to be Handed PED Offenders in Nevada

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If you’ve been losing your mind the last couple of years, anytime a fighter tests positive for a banned substance, well, chances are you’re going to be happy with this news.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has reportedly passed a new series of guidelines, which will hit fighters who test positive for PEDs and other banned substances with much lengthier suspensions. Not only that, but offenders will be facing heavier fines, and multiple offenders could receive a life time ban.

Here are the new guidelines and punishments that the NSAC has enacted (via Brett Okamato of ESPN)

Anabolic Steroids (Including HGH and testosterone)

Three years and 50-70 percent of purse for first offense

Four years and 75-100 percent of purse for second offense

Lifetime ban and 100 percent of purse for third offense

Stimulants (amphetamines, cocaine etc)

Two years and 35-45 percent of purse for first offense

Three years and 50-60 percent of purse for second offense

Lifetime ban and 100 percent of purse for third offense

Diuretics

One year and 30-40 percent of purse for first offense

Two years and 40-50 percent of purse for second offense

Lifetime ban and 100 percent of purse for third offense

Sedatives, muscle relaxants, sleep aids, anxiolytics, opiates and cannabis/marijuana

18 months and 30-40 percent of purse for first offense

Two years and 40-50 percent of purse for second offense

Three years and 60-75 percent of purse for third offense

Lifetime ban and 100 percent of purse for four offense

So, clearly this is a monumental shift in the game, in terms of PEDs and banned substances. One would think most fighters will be extremely wary of losing three years of their career due to a positive test for steroids.

According to reports, the new regulations won’t go into affect until this fall.

Now, if you’re new to combat sports, you might be wondering why this is a really big deal, since it’s just in Nevada. But, the NSAC is widely viewed as somewhat of regulatory leader, and as a result, many commissions will likely move to replicate these guidelines.

All this comes in year where big name fighters like Anderson Silva, Hector Lombard, Jon Fitch, and Nick Diaz, among others, have failed drug tests.

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