Mixed martial arts competitions, led by the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC), are perhaps the most popular form of combative spectator sport in the world. In December 2005, the California State Athletic Commission legalized mixed fighting competitions, and promotors have flocked to the Golden State to offer several events that gross millions of dollars. Also, view the listings in the Annotated Bibliography: Mixed Martial Arts.
Drug Testing Hasn't Grown With a Sport (New York Times)
by Michael Weinreb
"'In general, I think [drug testing] should not be done by the government,' said Dr. Gary I. Wadler, an associate professor of medicine at New York University who has served on several committees for the World Anti-Doping Agency. 'It should be done by an independent and transparent agency that's invested in seeing a drug-free sport.'"
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As mixed martial arts popularity grows, so does both the good and the bad of the sport (Canada.com)
by Neil Davidson
“Steroids help fighters train, but ultimately destroy bodies. And [Keith Kizer, executive director of the Nevada commission] acknowledges a fighter on steroids could have an advantage. ‘In most if not all of these cases, you have the dual purpose of protecting the athlete from himself who wants to take the drug but then also making it fair to his opponent who was wise enough not to take the drug.’” (Originally Published: 4/21/2007; Last DCTKD update: 5/11/2007)