Are 6 month suspensions jokes?

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  1. iced**

    iced** Orange Belt

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    So I've been thinking, do 6 month suspensions even mean anything? Especially inside the UFC? I mean when NSAC or CSAC issue a suspension like that is it basically just a slap on the wrist? I mean 90% of the time most UFC fighters don't even have a fight materialize within 6 months of their last fight. Is it just a mundane warning saying don't do that again?
     
  2. Beversoll

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    I would agree, although a few fighters have come back and fought within a few months of their previous fights. Maybe it's more of a "shame" game than an actual suspension.
     
  3. AusMMAfan

    AusMMAfan Guest

    You're 100% right.

    12 months is legit. 6 months is a joke.
     
  4. kingcillo24

    kingcillo24 Black Belt

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    starting pitchers get 5 game suspensions

    Their start only gets moved back one day.
     
  5. AmericanMMA

    AmericanMMA Yellow Card Yellow Card

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    It's more of a warning than a joke. If they get caught again they get a full year, so I wouldn't call it a joke. There should be harsher penalties for cheatIng tho. 6 months is not enough.
     
  6. Chernabog

    Chernabog Sherdog Curator

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    I think it's more to show that they have a penalty for fighters who break the rules without hurting the industry.
     
  7. riddleofsteel

    riddleofsteel Red Belt

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    ^^^This. Over the past 4-5 years it sure seems as if not many UFC fighters are getting more than 2 fights a year. If the sanctioning bodies really wanted to add teeth to 6 month suspensions the fines would increase (maybe even fine the promoter in order for them to take it more seriously) and put a training with a team ban for half the suspension time.
     
  8. TFanatic

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    6 months seems to be the norm for first time offenses like weed. Roids tend to at least go for 9 months.
     
  9. Chas

    Chas Blood Bath and Beyond

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    90% of the time Sherdoggers pull stats completely out of their asses. I chose a random UFC event (UFC 134), and 14 out of 24 fighters on the card did not have a fight within 6 months of that card. Majority, yes, but 90 percent? At least TRY to sound plausible! Of course, I only checked one card at random, so feel free to prove me wrong. I'm 90% certain that i did more research on that stat that you did, though.

    Now, on topic:

    What's wrong with a 6 month suspension? Think of it like a one-game suspension in football. You don't have to completely derail someone's career to adequately punish them.

    Overeem fans/nuthuggers will tell you that he never actually got caught with a banned substance in his body, so losing one fight probably seems right to them.
     
  10. Banana Man

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    yea 6 month suspension is nothing lmao, i would just spend all that time training as usual
     
  11. Mavant

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    My thought is not to punish MMA fighters more than any other sport...even if the punishment doesn't have "teeth."
     
  12. AusMMAfan

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  13. Snakesolidsnake

    Snakesolidsnake Purple Belt

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    It only hurts the small time fighters who fight more frequently. That suspension doesn't mean anything to someone who only fights twice a year.
     
  14. corrupted

    corrupted Black Belt

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    Standard time between fights for some
     
  15. Chas

    Chas Blood Bath and Beyond

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    Mad? It's Sherdog...

    By the way, did the world end over there yet?
     
  16. Jawth

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    A six month suspension is barely a punishment at all, but I'm guessing the guys that get that punishment are first time offenders who also admit to the usage and make a deal instead of trying to fight it like Overeem, Sonnen, and Diaz did.

    Some guys fight three or four times a year but the majority of the upper tier only seem to fight twice or sometimes even once a year.

    If it's something like pot or Xanax than I think even six months is too much. PEDs should be a year minimum for a first time offender and two years every time after that.
     
  17. Jawth

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    There's a big difference between juicing to win a race or score more points and juicing to help you beat the hell out of another person.
     
  18. jk7707

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    I agree. Unless the consequences strike fear into the person who is cheating there really isn't any reason for them to stop.
     
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    its a slap on the wrist
     
  20. riddleofsteel

    riddleofsteel Red Belt

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    Team sports usually suspend athletes for a specific number of games/events and since they have a set schedule the suspension can have a big impact compared to mma & boxing suspensions.
    Most other individual sports follow the IOC rules which are much tougher, generally a 1 or 2 year suspension.
     

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