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"The [use of oxygen] cans were actually brought to my attention this morning by one of our guys. I didn't see anything, but I had heard they were taking canned oxygen. But right now I just don't have enough information and I don't want to comment until I find out what it was. But from what I hear everything they did was approved by the commission so we'll have a conversation with them."
The above picture just looks suspicious, doesn't it? If you didn't catch both "King" Mo and K.J. Noons using canned oxygen directly before their fights at Strikeforce: Houston, don't feel bad, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker last night told MMA Nation he didn't either. For those who did notice, including Middle Easy which went into great detail about just how preposterous it really was, you were likely wondering how this was allowed. In theory, the usage of canned oxygen would obviously be a great benefit, seemingly increasing one's cardio and stamina, a huge part of the fight game. It didn't exactly help Lawal, but that's neither here nor there. Using such substances is also very clearly disallowed under the established rules for every state's athletic commission, including Texas. Anyone else find it a bit odd that not one Strikeforce employee or member of Texas' commission was curious that fighters were using this completely foreign substance? What should Scott Coker, or anybody else in a position of authority for that matter do about this?