Georgia AC suspends 12 for false blood work

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The Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission on Thursday indefinitely suspended a mixed martial arts trainer and 11 amateur fighters for allegedly mocking up blood tests with phony paperwork.

Acting on a tip, the commission called Blackshear-based Altamaha Laboratories and found out it did environmental work, not medical tests.

“We do water, waste water, soil and food,” General Manager Donna Tindall said.

Commission Secretary Andy Foster said Wayne Music, a trainer and matchmaker for Southern Pride Cage Fighting, provided blood work reports for seven fighters on forms from Altamaha Laboratories before a 15-bout match on May 28 in Waycross dubbed "Swamp Heat I." Four fighters from a March 5 event, also organized by Music, were found to have submitted similar reports using the lab's name.

Tindall said an office employee, identified by Foster as Music's wife, allegedly used a computer at the lab to mock up the paperwork. The woman was not identified by the commission and Tindall said she has been fired.

Each of the forms had a doctor's signature the commission believes to have been forged. The commission requires blood tests prior to a bout to make sure fighters do not carry blood-borne diseases.

The fighters suspended Thursday are Luis Angeles, Brandon Shane Fullard, Jessie Rowell, Christopher J. Waters, Brian Hernandez, Jarrelyn Anne Chua, Jamie Lloyd, Josh D. Mixon, James Dwight Lloyd, Travis Aaron Clarke and Brent Smith.

Commission Chairman Don Geary said MMA fighters endanger everyone in the sport by sidestepping the tests.

"Have you been to MMA? Blood does not always stay in the body," he said. "You, being the other fighter, want to make sure the person you are fighting doesn't have HIV, doesn't have any other thing we are testing for."

Foster said Music had admitted to the scheme in a voice mail left at the commission's Atlanta headquarters.

"I listened to the message," said Commissioner Rick Thompson. "He said he did everything."

Music, who was not at the commission meeting, would not comment on the claims. All of the suspended fighters will be invited to the next commission meeting to defend themselves, but Foster said he found it hard to believe the fighters did not know what was going on.

"The fighters had to be complicit," he said. "If you are going to submit lab work you have to be stuck with a needle."

Richard Currie, district attorney for Ware County, said he will review the state's investigation and may consider criminal charges. Submitting false documents to a government agency and forgery are both felonies.


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Not a good look for MMA

Nice. Very nice.

"Blood does not always stay in the body." LOL

Those guys should go to jail. That's unfair for their opponent and their families.If they have blood disease they can give some shit to somebody!

Names?

That's bullshit. Fighters share spit, sweat and blood. Did all these people fight or did they find out before? Pretty good work by the Georgia commish if they did.

The Samurai - Dat guys should go to da jail.  
fixed.



what a pack of idiots.

are the amateur fighters supposed to pay for this blood work or is the promotion? seems pretty crappy to have amateurs who aren't being paid to pay for blood work. if the promotion paid and they side stepped it they should be strung up, but that's a shitty rule if not.

Good job by GA commission. Phone Post

gotigers54 - are the amateur fighters supposed to pay for this blood work or is the promotion? seems pretty crappy to have amateurs who aren't being paid to pay for blood work. if the promotion paid and they side stepped it they should be strung up, but that's a shitty rule if not.


 ammy fighters pay for all their medical stuff (bloodwork, physical, etc.) unless they make a deal w/ the promoter which is pretty rare.

Amateur athletes pay for their tests, equipment, etc, in all the sports I've participated in or witnessed. It's not strange that they have to in MMA, also - it's just how amateur sports work.

Really messed up what they were trying to pull in this situation -- glad they got caught!

that's lame. it's not like that in vegas. they just stop the fight if there is too much blood, which they should anyway in amateurs.

My expierience is the following. Training for amatuer mma at least150 a month, then u have pay for ur blood test which if ur lucky is now around a hundred. Then u pay 20 for ur stateand 20 for ur national mma amatuer license. No pay for the fight leaves u alot of money in the hole. Being a 24 yr old father its very hard financially to pay for all this so theseguys getting caught is great!

 That's some Skip Hall type shit.

Welcome to last week...


"The fighters had to be complicit," he said. "If you are going to submit lab work you have to be stuck with a needle."

lol @ fighters that are going to try and play stupid.

I thought it was a legit lab,
who did work without blood.

kenburket - My expierience is the following. Training for amatuer mma at least150 a month, then u have pay for ur blood test which if ur lucky is now around a hundred. Then u pay 20 for ur stateand 20 for ur national mma amatuer license. No pay for the fight leaves u alot of money in the hole. Being a 24 yr old father its very hard financially to pay for all this so theseguys getting caught is great!


Wow what states do Ammys have to have bloodwork?

So how many states require blood work for Ammys?

Its completely un regulated here (Washington)

Ohio requires it.