Carina Damm suspended six months for providing 'invalid' urine sample

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For the second time in five years, Women's MMA fighter Carina Damm has been suspended by an athletic commission. This time it was for submitting an invalid urine sample.

Carina Damm is generally known by MMA fans for two things - she's Rodrigo Damm's sister, and she was the first women's MMA fighter to test positive for steroids. That was back in 2008, where she popped for nandrolone in California. In fact, she was almost 18 times over the legal limit. And it appears that she's in some hot water again, this time with a new commission for a new issue. MMA Rising has the news:

Carina "Barbie" Damm has been fined and suspended for six months by the Ohio Athletic Commission for submitting an invalid urine sample prior to her recent fight in the state. Damm dropped a Unanimous Decision to Jessica "Evil" Eye at NAAFS: "Fight Night In The Flats 9" on June 1st in Cleveland.

OAC Executive Director Bernie Profato discussed the suspension with MMARising.com today. During pre-fight testing, Damm submitted a sample that was determined to be a substance other than urine. She has incurred a $550 fine in addition to the suspension, but is able to appeal the ruling.

Profato provided a somewhat humorous explanation of what went down:

"For the chain of command here, we only have one woman inspector," Profato told MMARising.com. "We really need to get women to go in there [to monitor the urine test], so we had someone who was not an employee of the state but was an unbiased person who had worked for another promotional company. Her statement to me for the chain of custody was that they went in there and she heard [Damm urinating] into the toilet, which didn’t make any sense, but Damm took the [filled] cup and put it on the counter.

"That person then got the cup, and our doctor was waiting right outside the door and she handed it to the doctor," Profato added. "He sealed it, labelled it and took it over to me. I took it to the lab and released it to them. It was sent to the laboratory for testing. There has to be certain elements in [the sample] in order for it to be considered urine and those elements were not in it. So what we suspended her for is for failing to provide a urine or blood sample. Even the doctor, when he first handed the sample to me, he said, ‘I’m not a lab person, but two things here. One, this is kind of clear, and two, it’s cold!’"

Damm can appeal the decision in August if she chooses. She has already fought since this incident, picking up a TKO win on June 15th in Brazil. She's also scheduled to fight next month in Brazil. It's unclear if the new Brazilian commission, CABMMA, will honor the Ohio suspension or not at this point.

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