The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) has temporarily suspended UFC Bantamweight contender and former WEC BW champ Brian Bowles. NSAC executive director Keith Kizer emailed MMA Fighting earlier today. According to Kizer, Bowles' sample came back with an T/E ratio of more than 20-to-1. The commission's official limit is 6-to-1.
Bowles had not applied for a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). Bowles joins such UFC stars as Chael Sonnen and Alistair Overeem among those who have been caught boosting their testosterone levels without permission.
Sonnen tested at a 16.9/1 T/E ratio following UFC 117 in 2010 and was suspended for a year by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC). Overreem tested 14/1 T/E ratio following a surprise pre-fight urine test that forced him out of a UFC 146 title shot against then-champion Junior dos Santos. Overeem served a year's suspension imposed by the NSAC.
Both Sonnen and Overeem made unintentionally hilarious appearances at hearings before the respective AC's that suspended them. Sonnen appeared with his family doctor, an osteopath. Overeem brought a Texas doctor with an even more colorful resume, who told a frankly unbelievable tale of injecting the fighter with testosterone without informing him of what he was doing.
Bloody Elbow will keep you posted as this story develops.