The chairman of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Anthony Marnell, has responded to the news that six fighters from Dana White’s Power Slap league have tested positive for banned substances.
The news has thrown combat sports, in general, into a negative light, as it follows the recent news of Conor Benn and Amir Khan testing positive within the sport of boxing.
And now the Power Slap league has come under further scrutiny since there had been criticism over its viability, with critics suggesting it risked competitors to the risk of brain damage, in addition to the following fighters who tested positive.
The Nevada Athletic Commission suspended several Power Slap competitors.
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“T.J. Thomas suspended after testing positive for clomiphene
“Jay Rivera suspended after testing positive for GW-1516, sulfone and sulfoxide
“Chris Thomas suspended after testing positive for Buprenorphine, a narcotic and its metabolite norbuprenorphine.
“Andrew Provost suspended after testing positive for Buprenorphine, a narcotic and it’s metabolite norbuprenorphine
“Isaih Quinones suspended after testing positive for Norandrosterone, drostanolone, tamoxifen and boldenone
“Frank Holland suspended after testing positive for phentermine,” as per MMA Fighting
Those comments did not sit very well with Marnell, who let everyone know in no uncertain terms that the sport had been thrown into disrepute.
“Is there like a big bowl of performance-enhancing drugs down there somewhere that I don’t know about?
“I haven’t seen this in quite a while. I didn’t know you needed to use steroids to slap but I guess we’re going to find out,” Marnell