Phil Baroni fails steroids test

The California State Athletic Commission announced Tuesday afternoon that Phil Baroni has tested positive for steroids. According to the commission, traces of Boldenone and Stanozolol Metabolites both showed up in his system. Baroni has been fined $2,500 and will be suspended a year, pending appeal.

Baroni’s manager, Ken Pavia, indicated to MMAWeekly.com that he and his client intend to challenge the test results.

“While we respect the process and intent of the test we are disappointed with the results as they are completely unexpected,” Pavia said during an exclusive interview with the web site.

Through Pavia, Baroni has asked that people withhold judgment for the time being. However, if the test results are accurate than this is very disappointing. It’s bad for MMA and bad for Baroni. He did an amazing job in promoting his bout with Frank Shamrock and showed a lot of heart during the bout. Despite the loss he had put himself in a position for a decent contract offer because there are so many promotions popping up right now. But he’ll be on the sidelines for a year if CSAC rules against his appeal.

I’m really sick of steroids in sports and don’t understand why so many athletes assume the risk because it’s not worth it. And please, don’t send me any comments or e-mails telling me that the media misrepresents the dangers of steroid use. Yes, I saw the story on HBO Real Sports several months back. However, steroids and HGH affect people in different ways. Some people can use the stuff and keep their s— together while others become a total mess physically and mentally. Furthermore, steroids are illegal unless prescribed by a doctor!

6 COMMENTS
  • says:

    [...] Phil Baroni was nailed for steroids following his loss to Frank Shamrock from June 22nd’s Strikeforce show. This just cements the Rocky 4 theory: every fighter that does steroids loses. Or maybe it’s that every fighter caught doing steroids loses. Or every fighter who does steroids during a musical training montage loses. Anyways, it’s not important. The important thing is that I cannot remember the last time someone major tested positive and actually won. Unless of course you count Royce Gracie. And I’m pretty sure Tim Sylvia did too. And there was that time a roided out Josh Barnett smashed Randy Couture. [...]

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  • says:

    above and beyond any other steroids issues…theyr’e against the rules. period. the rules of the sport these people compete in say no steroids. if they said “no eating ostrich meat” and a fighter was caught with a huge-ass drumstick, HE BROKE THE RULES. I’m not condemning Baroni yet, because false-positives do happen (for two?), but i have a feeling that it’ll be something like “but I thought I stopped long enough ago not to get a positve!”

    like you said sam, very disappointing. where ever someone stands on principal in this issue, if they don’t admit first and foremost that, under current rules, it’s cheating (as well as under general fair play, though sometimes it’s gonna be hard to get someone to believe that), and cheating is cheating.

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  • says:

    I have no problems with steroids, per se… what I have a problem with is people dumb enough to know it’s against the rules and they’ll be tested, and doing it anyway.

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  • says:

    Yeah, I think it sucks that guys like Sylvia and Barnett cheat, win fights and go on to get a slap on the wrist and then get on with their careers. Unfair to fans and to the people they beat.

    Bonnar at least had the balls to admit what he did, unlike most of them; “who me? I had a diet pepsi, that can raise your hormone levels, I’m contesting it!”

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  • says:

    jazzn: Floyd Landis too. Sick…

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  • hbo's oz says:

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