Powerhouse featherweight Dennis Siver has come “clean”. Pardon the pun.
In an interview with Groundandpound.de, Siver admits to using “hCG drops” prior to UFC 168, which subsequently led to his positive screening for banned substances.
hCG is often used by people using testosterone boosters; as they cycle off of the testosterone, they will use the hCG in order to kickstart their natural testosterone engine. This is true. But, before you call for Siver’s head, you should know what else hCG is used for.
Studies on the drug show that it does, as Siver will claim, suppress appetite, and seems to allow the subject taking the drug to retain lean muscle mass while also restricting their calories. In fact, the “diet drug” is all the rage it seems, for people who are looking to lose weight without feeling like they’re starving themselves.
Here’s what Siver himself had to say about the subject:
“Before my last fight, I took a medium to help me with my diet, hCG drops. This is an over the counter product, you can buy it on the internet. It’s nothing bad, it was supposed to help burning fat and it helps suppressing the hungry feeling. That’s why I tried it, and unfortunately, it came up in the drug test. There was a small value in my sample, but it was enough to suspend me indefinitely until the situation is going to be dissolved.
And unfortunately, everything is taking too long, in my opinion, because normally, it should be dealt with within two or three weeks and then you know where you’re at. In my case, this thing has taken three months already and it continues to get pushed back more and more by the athletic commission. Nobody is able to do anything about it, neither me nor the UFC. That’s why I won’t be able to fight in Berlin. Even if the punishment will be minor or there will be no punishment at all, there’s not enough time to prepare for a fight. That’s why I’ll have to fight somewhere else.”
Now, perhaps Siver was just trying to lose a little fat and not go hungry while doing so. Perhaps. But still, Siver should know better than to try some new drug without running it by the UFC or the Nevada State Athletic Commission first. So any consequences from not doing so rest squarely on his thick shoulders.
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