No Holds Barred: Dr. Margaret Goodman of VADA on Overeem, Testosterone, and Fair Fights

Written by: Eddie Goldman
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On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldmanspeaks with Dr. Margaret Goodman, the president and board chairman of VADA, theVoluntary Anti-Doping Association (

The issue of doping, as it has been so often, was at the forefront of the mixedmartial arts news this past week, with the Nevada State Athletic Commissionhearing on Tuesday, April 24, involving UFC fighter Alistair Overeem. Anunannounced doping test last month found Overeem with a highly elevatedtestosterone to epitestosterone ratio (T/E ratio), and this hearing addressedthat. Overeem was applying for a license to fight in May, but while thecommission denied his application for a license because of this test, it onlystopped him from applying again for nine months, as opposed to the usual 12months in such situations. In addition, the commission did not require any dopingtests of Overeem during this nine month period, with members even effusivelypraising him at the end of the hearing.

We spoke with Dr. Margaret Goodman Thursday afternoon by phone about what manyconsidered to be a farce and fiasco of a hearing. We discussed what the Nevadacommission should have done in this case, the lack of uniformity in drugtesting, why such elevated testosterone levels are so dangerous to the healthof the athletes, what the fans can do to demand that the fighters are properlytested, how VADA is working with fighters, and much more.

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