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WEC Fighter Fails Drug Test

MMA Junkie has the details:

The California State Athletic Commission has suspended World Extreme Cagefighting featherweight Alexandre Nogueira one year and has fined him $2,500 for failing a drug test at a June 1 WEC show.

Nogueira tested positive for Boldenone, according to an email CSAC Assistant Executive Officer Bill Douglas today sent to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).

Boldenone is an anabolic steroid developed for veterinary use, though a growing number of MMA fighters and other athletes have tested positive for the drug.

Performance enhancing drugs continue to plague the MMA scene.  Assuming this finding isn't overturned on appeal, Alexandre Nogueira will be added to the expanding list of fighters who've been caught doping.  If you don't think doping can severely impede the growth of MMA, look no further than Major League Baseball.  Once the perception of widespread cheating takes hold, it's hard to shake.  To make matters worse, lawmakers like to use these situations to further batter the sport in question.

While the majority of fighters are playing by the rules, the ones caught cheating tend to garner much attention.  MMA promotions and state athletic commissions must continue to aggressively fight drug use.  A young, growing sport like MMA can't afford a major scandal.

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