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Thursday, June 14, 2007
Mixed Martial Arts--- Tim Persey Tests Positive for Methamphetamine
by Ivan Trembow
Originally Published on MMAWeekly

Tim "Big Perm" Persey, who fought on the Showtime/EliteXC portion of last weekend's K-1 Dynamite USA event, has tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the Los Angeles Times and the California State Athletic Commission.

Persey has been suspended for six months by the California State Athletic Commission, although he will have a chance to appeal his suspension and request a disciplinary hearing if he wishes to do so. Persey has also been fined $1,000 for his positive drug test. His salary for the fight was $20,000, so the fine of $1,000 represents five percent of his salary.

Persey is a heavyweight fighter who had an MMA record of 8-1 coming into his fight against Jonathan Wiezorek in the first Showtime-televised fight of the K-1 Dynamite USA event on June 2nd in Los Angeles, California. Wiezorek defeated Persey by TKO when the referee stopped the fight in the second round due to a series of strikes on the ground that Persey was unable to defend.

Persey was added to the K-1 Dynamite USA card when Wiezorek's original opponent, Antonio Silva, had to pull out of the fight.

Silva's withdrawal from the fight was a result of medical issues that were never officially announced, but the L.A. Times reported, "A source familiar with the medical results of [Hong-Man] Choi and [Antonio] Silva said each was found to have pituitary gland tumors."

Such tumors are frequently a sign of a disease called Acromegaly, which can result in serious illness or death if the tumors are not surgically removed.

When Silva had to withdraw from the card, Persey agreed to replace Silva and fight Wiezorek on short notice. Persey's previous fight in EliteXC took place on the company's February debut event, at which he knocked out Bo Cantrell in an non-televised preliminary bout. Barring an appeal, Persey's disciplinary suspension expires in early December.

Persey's positive test for methamphetamine is the second drug testing issue to arise from last weekend's K-1 Dynamite event. Previously, former NFL player Johnnie Morton refused to take his post-fight drug test and was indefinitely suspended by the California State Athletic Commission as a result.

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