Eating three whole meals a day is a performance enhancing drug. Making sure the trash is hauled to the front of the yard before you start your day is a way to enhance your performance. Growing up in nuclear family in a mildly conservative neighborhood in the Midwest as opposed to be raised in a favela in Brazil is a sure-fire method to enhance one’s performance, but that didn’t effect Marlon Sandro from terrorizing the featherweight division for years. In short, the idea of a PED is purely subjective. Should MMA not allow Elevation Training Masks because they’re not accessible to fighters with lower incomes? There’s a simple fix to this. Allow everything and the athletic commission won’t have to keep up with an extensive ban list. Let it all fly, and let God sort them out. If there is no God, then it will be forever unorganized.
Just before James Irvin was scheduled to fight Houston Alexander at Shark Fights 14, he tested positive for a steroid called ‘epitrenbolone metabolite trenbolone.’ Irvin told us that he was caught taking a substance that he’s been on for years, but apparently the California Athletic Commission recently added the ‘supplement’ to the official ‘substance ban’ list. Since then, we haven’t heard much from the former UFC fighter (who was also caught with methadone and oxymorphone when he fought Anderson Silva back in 2008), now it appears Irvin has transitioned over to XARM and he even has a snazzy promo video to boot. For the uninitiated, XARM is a combat sports in which two fighters are bound by the wrist and are forced to arm wrestle. A fighter can also win the arm wrestling match by knocking out or submitting your opponent. The sport was created by Art Davie, the creator of the UFC and it’s making it’s imminent comeback in the very near future.