Apparently extreme fighters head to veterinarians for surgery and treatment. In this story by by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, an 'extreme cage-fighter' blows some smoke.
Fighter Kit Cope has been taking punches to the head for too long. Caught with boldenone in his urine, he claimed this veterinarian drug was given to him by his physician. The drug, trade name Equipoise, is only approved for animal use, and veterinarian dispensing.
In other words, the fighter's excuse was horse-crap.
The bad news for Kit Cope extended beyond his loss to Rob McCullough last Saturday night in a World Extreme Cagefighting lightweight title bout at the Hard Rock Hotel.
Cope, a Green Valley High School and UNLV graduate, said he took shots of boldenone in the wake of a Dec. 13, 2005, surgical reconstruction of his right shoulder.
"Directly after the surgery, I was in so much pain, I can't even describe to you, and a doctor said he could give me a shot that would help it heal faster and, at that point, given the pain and the agony, I would have signed up for anything, so I took it," Cope said. "It's absolutely the only time I've ever had any kind of steroid in my body.
"I was in excruciating, agonizing pain. I had to do something and this doctor offered me a chance. I've never, ever taken steroids for performance-enhancing purposes. Ever."
Cope, who said he suffered a costochondral separation of three to five ribs on his right side in Saturday's bout, explained he is admitting taking the boldenone injections as a favor to the commission because he said the commission has been supportive of him.
But commission chairman Dr. Tony Alamo was dubious about Cope's claim that the steroid remained in his system for more than 13 months. He said boldenone lasts long, but added it is measured in weeks and months, not years.
"To my medical knowledge, it's impossible," Alamo said. "It doesn't have that kind of a half-life."