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April 30, 2019
Four UFC fighters get six-month USADA suspensions over supplements
Ostarine has again popped up as the culprit in contaminated supplement cases involving UFC fighters, with four fighters accepting six-month suspensions, per the promotion’s anti-doping administrator. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) today announced settlements after out-of-competition test failures from Augusto Mendes (March 7, 2018), Marvin Vettori (August 24, 2018), Sean O’Malley (September 5 and December 8, 2018) and inaugural flyweight champ Nicco Montano (October 25, 2018). All but one – Montano – is eligible to compete with their six-month terms retroactive to the date of their provisional suspensions. Both O’Malley and Vettori took to social media to share their reactions. “I’m freeeeee,” O’Malley tweeted. “July 6th I’m busting someone up.” Ostarine is a selective androgen receptor modulator (SARM) that’s banned year round and is sold worldwide as a compound that mimics anabolic steroids. USADA has pushed legislators to outlaw supplements that contain ostarine amid several UFC positives. Welterweight Tim Means, a longtime teammate of Montano, accepted a six-month term after linking his failed test to a commercial product. Heavyweight Josh Barnett successfully avoided a suspension when he documented his use; both are suing the supplement manufacturers. USADA explained the delay in announcing the settlements as a consequence of the long results management process in tainted supplement cases. It’s not the first time USADA has announced a group of settlements following the discovery of tainted supplements. One year ago, the anti-doping agency cut a deal with three Brazilian fighters after they took supplements from compounding pharmacies that allegedly sold products tainted with PEDs. Junior dos Santos was critical of the third-party firm for delaying his career. USADA no longer announces potential anti-doping violations, instead waiting for a case – or cases – to be resolved. In Mendes’ case, news of his positive was publicly revealed because the anti-doping agency’s new policy hadn’t taken effect. In the case of Vettori and O’Malley, both fighters announced they’d failed USADA tests and vowed to contest the results. O’Malley’s pair of test failures was treated as a single violation because the amount of ostarine in both samples was consistent with ingestion prior to his first positive.   Courtesy: https://mmajunkie.com/2019/04/four-ufc-fighters-get-six-month-usada-suspensions-over-supplements