MMAThe promoter of a Mixed Martial Arts bout that took place March 7th in California has confirmed that a competitor was permitted to fight in spite of testing positive for Hepatitis C, and having no HIV test results on file. The promoter, Al Joslin, said he learned of the situation after a copy of a memo from the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) was leaked to him. CSAC is responsible for the medical clearance of all MMA and boxing cards in the Golden State. The memo was dated July 22nd – nearly 20 weeks after the event took place in Tulare, California. The memo was signed by Dave Thornton, CSAC’s interim executive officer. It stated that the situation had “come to [CSAC’s] attention,” and urged testing for those who “may have been unwittingly exposed to a transmittable blood-borne disease.” The fighter was not identified by name, with the memo stating, “we are unable to provide you with further details because of various provisions of late related to medical privacy.” The promoter, Joslin, said neither he nor any of the other fighters received the memo, in which Thornton writes: “You should also think about what might happen if, before you receive your test results, you engage in activities in which you might transmit one of those diseases to someone else.” Joslin said that, according to procedures, well before a bout, the CSAC seeks and receives all necessary medical records. The commission can also seek additional records and information, and is not supposed to allow fighters to compete unless all pertinent medical questions have been answered. – Boomer