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Brazilian commission considering following Nevada’s new penalties for failed drug tests

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The Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA) might follow Nevada’s stricter protocol for failed drug tests.

Nevada Athletic Commission has approved on May 15 the creation of a severe standardized protocol for punishing drug users in combat sports, including lifetime suspensions for repeat offenders, starting on Sept. 1.

CABMMA, which usually follows NAC’s guidelines, is already studying the possibility of adopting the new punishment protocols in Brazil, discussing the changes with the Brazilian Agency of Doping Control (ABCD), WADA’s National Anti-Doping Organization in the country.

"We are want the best for the sport," CABMMA chairman Rafael Favetti told MMAFighting.com, "so we analyze the matter from two variables: a) better adequacy of punishments according to the worldwide movements of punishment, and b) we still believe that this is a process of pedagogical and coercive character that offers greater equality to sports, so the planning and maturation requires a discussion of the subject with key actors, such as ABCD."

The UFC held 17 events in Brazil since the creation of CABMMA, and three fighters have failed post-fight drug tests: Jorge Oliveira, Piotr Hallmann and Thiago Tavares. In the four pre-CABMMA cards in the country, Dave Herman and Stephan Bonnar are the only ones to fail post-fight drug tests.