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New CSAC Rule Allows No Contest For Positive Drug Tests

California SealThe California State Athletic Commission on Tuesday adopted several new MMA rules, with the most notable change being that the CSAC can now change a victory to a “no decision” if a fighter tests positive for drugs after the bout.

The complete list of changes are:

  • Rule 227: Arbitration Procedures — This rule change formalizes the process for athletes and managers/promoters engaged in a contract dispute arbitrated by CSAC and the AG’s Office. Forms will be available online very shortly that must be submitted in order to request arbitration.
  • Rule 281: Physical Condition of Boxer — This rule change specifies guidelines related to the condition of an athlete prior to licensure.
  • Rule 303: Administration of Use of Drugs — This rule change specifies that any athlete who has previously tested positive for anabolic agents or drugs of abuse must provide a “clean” drug test as a condition of licensure prior to being licensed or having his or her license renewed. Additionally, the rule clearly defines the classifications of drugs that are tested for.
  • Rules 314 and 523: Alternate Ring Specifications — This rule change allows pro and amateur boxing, pro and amateur kickboxing, and mixed martial arts to be held in the five roped ring at the same event.
  • Rule 323: Bandages — This rule change permits 10 yards of tape and 20 yards of bandage for each hand as part of the handwrap.
  • Rule 368: Change of Decision — This rule change states that a positive drug test will permit the Commission to change a victory to a “no decision.” This rule change will apply to drugs of abuse on a case by case basis.
  • Rule 389: Appeal Procedures — This rule change formalizes the process for athletes in an appeal hearing for a suspension or fine by CSAC. The community wanted it, well, the community gets what they asked for (a formal procedure for appeals written into California law spreading the time equally between both the Attorney General and the athlete’s representation). Forms will be available online very shortly that must be submitted in order to request an appeal hearing.

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