Female mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Carina Damm has now been pegged as a two-time drug offended after she was recently suspended six months and fined $550 for allegedly submitting a falsified urine sample.
Damm competed against Jessica Eye at a North American Allied Fight Series (NAAFS) show on June 1, 2013, in Cleveland, OH, and just a few weeks later the result of her drug test showed some very questionable results.
Here's what OSAC Executive Director Bernie Profato told MMA Rising about the incident.
"For the chain of command here, we have one woman inspector," he said. "We really need to get women to go in there (to monitor providing the sample), so we had someone who was not an employee of the state, but was an unbiased person who had worked for another promotional company. Her statement to me for the chain of custody was that they went in there and she heard (Damm leaving a sample) into the toilet, which didn't make any sense, but Damm took the cup and put it on the counter. That person then got the cup, and our doctor was waiting right outside the door and she handed it to the doctor. He sealed it, labeled it and took it over to me. I took it to the lab and released it to them. It was sent to the laboratory for testing. There has to be certain elements in order for it to be considered urine and those elements were not in it. So what we suspended her for is for failing to provide a urine or blood sample. Even the doctor, when he first handed the sample to me, he said, `I'm not a lab person, but two things here. One, this is kind of clear, and two, it's cold."
This is the second time in her career that Damm has been flagged for banned substances. Back in 2008 she tested positive for the steroid Nandrolone (Decadurabolin) and was suspended for one year by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC).
The 33-year-old didn't honor her suspension, though, as she fought in her native Brazil two times during the one year. Damm has a fight scheduled in Brazil on July 13, 2013, and is unknown at this time if she still plans to compete.
As is with all failed drug tests in North America, the commission will provide Damm with the option to appeal the result; however, if the appeal doesn't go her way the OSAC has the right to increase the penalty placed on the fighter.
According to the MMA Rising report, Damm and her manager Jason Ellis are indeed planning to appeal the test results.
MMAmania.com will have more on this story as it develops.