Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation: Oxygen cans within the rules

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation believes no harm or foul got in the way of this past Saturday’s “Strikeforce: Houston.” Cameras spotted Lawal and Noons taking hits off of what was later determined to be portable oxygen cans prior to their fights.

Susan Stanford, the TDLR’s Public Information Officer, today told MMAjunkie.com that Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal and K.J. Noons were within their rights to use bottled oxygen prior to competition.

And while many have suggested Lawal and Noons could have gained an unfair advantage with the breathing aid, Stanford said oxygen is not prohibited by the commission (Combative Sports Program statutes do not specifically address the use of oxygen; Stanford said banned substances include Monsel’s solution, silver nitrate, ammonium capsules and smelling salts).

“It’s my understanding that the physician did consult with the ringside physician, and it was approved by the physician,” Stanford said. “It was within (the rules).”

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