Could the epidemic of fighter withdrawals be drug test dodging, instead of genuine injuries?

Here's a time- table from the website "" showing how long most Androgenous Anabolic Steroids (AAS) and other PED's stay detectable by urine test ( Urine Test Time- Table )

18 months

Nandrolone Decanoate


12 months

Nandrolone Phenylpropionate


3 months

Boldenone Undecyclate

Metehenolone Enanthate


Trenbolone Acetate

Injectable Methandienone


2 months




Testosterone Enanthate

Testosterone Ccypionate


3 weeks

Drostanolone Ppropionate




Injectabel Sanozolol


Testosterone Enanthate


Noretadrolone Oxandrolone

Oral Stanozolol




2 weeks

Testosterone Propionat


1 week

Testosterone Undecanoate


4 days


As you can see, both types of Nandrolone stay detectable in urine for a VERY long time. But everything from Boldenone on down is quite potent, and could feasibly be taken inbetween fights. What I'm wondering is whether, in order to beat drug testing, fighters are pulling out of their fights, citing injury (and perhaps using existing, minor injuries) in order to buy time for PED's to leave their system.

I won't name any specific names, but I'm sure we could all come up with a few high profile "injury" withdrawals that have hampered recent MMA events. In a world where MMAists seek every advantage, small or large, that they possibly can, would it really be that outlandish to think that some of these incidents are motivated by AAS & GH use? And if this IS the case, then what's the solution? Year round, Olympic level drug testing on all UFC / Bellator / Strikeforce fighters, implemented by the promoters? Legalizing all PED's?

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