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Friday 16, Jun 2017

  Ian McCall Cleared Of Potential Doping Violation By USADA

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UFC flyweight Ian McCall has been cleared of potential doping violation by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

The anti-doping agency granted a retroactive therapeutic use exemption to the UFC fighter from an incident that occurred around UFC 208 in February. USADA said McCall would not face any disciplinary action after he received an IV before being pulled from his previously scheduled bout in February.

McCall was supposed to face Jarred Brooks at UFC 208 in Brooklyn on February 11 but he was removed from the card. McCall was later transported to a local hospital with gastrointestinal issues.

Officials from USADA disclosed that an intravenous infusion of saline was given to McCall on the advice of his physician prior to his fight at UFC 208. Athletes are not allowed to receive an IV more than 50mL per a six hour period under regulations of the World Anti-Doping Agency even though saline is not a banned substance. All IVs of more than 50mL per six-hour period are prohibited under anti-doping policy of the UFC unless the athlete receives a TUE in advance or if the infusion is legitimately received in the course of hospital admissions, surgical procedures, or clinical investigations.

The United States Anti-Doping Agency announced that it had determined after a thorough investigation of the circumstances surrounding the potential violation that included the retroactive therapeutic use exemption application process that Ian McCall had a diagnosed acute medical condition for which the use of an intravenous infusion is consistent with the standard of care. It was further commented by USADA that his use of a prohibited method will not result in an anti-doping policy violation because the TUE application of McCall was granted retroactively.

The UFC flyweight last competed at UFC 183 on January 31, 2015 where he lost to John Lineker via a unanimous decision. McCall has pulled out of proposed bouts vs. Neil Seery citing illness, against Dustin Ortiz because of injury, and lost prospective foes Ray Borg at UFC 203 because of illness and Justin Scoggins to weight cut issues.

The American mixed martial artist who competes in the flyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship has fought for World Extreme Cagefighting and Tachi Palace Fights in the past. The first fight of McCall in Tachi Palace Fights was against Jussier Formiga, who at the time was ranked as the #1 Flyweight in the world. McCall defeated Formiga with a unanimous decision victory and then went on to defeat previously unbeaten prospect Dustin Ortiz at Tachi Palace Fights 9 to set up a championship bout with the TPF Flyweight Champion Darrell Montague at TPF 10: Tachi Palace Fights 10 where he won by submitting Montague in round 3 with a rear naked choke. McCall faced Demetrious Johnson in the opening round of the inaugural UFC Flyweight Champion tournament and this fight was the first flyweight bout in the history of UFC.

A professional MMA competitor since 2002, McCall is #6 in the official UFC flyweight rankings as of February 8, 2017.

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Wednesday 29, Jun 2016

  BJ Penn Accepts Six-Month Suspension For Doping

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American professional mixed martial artist and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner BJ Penn has accepted a six-month suspension from the United States Anti-Doping Agency. The UFC Hall of Famer will now be eligible to fight again as early as September 25.

USADA imposed the suspension after Penn voluntarily admitted to the prohibited use of an IV ahead of a drug test that was administered back in March. In a statement, USADA said Penn declared the use of an intravenous infusion of a non-prohibited substance during an out-of-competition test on March 25, 2016. The statement further reads that a subsequent investigation by United States Anti-Doping Agency revealed that the intravenous infusion received by Penn was administered in a volume greater than 50 within a 6 hour period. It was also said that intravenous infusions in a volume greater than 50 mL within a 6 hour period are prohibited under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, except for those legitimately received in the course of hospital admissions, surgical procedures or clinical investigations.

A standard first-time suspension for this kind of infraction could be up to a period of two years but the right to change the length of those sanctions based on any number of factors lies with USADA. Penn cooperated with the investigation and the IV he used was with a non-prohibited substance and therefore the penalty was far less than a two-year suspension.

The suspension was made retroactive to March 25, which was the date of the drug test. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner was scheduled to fight Dennis Siver in a featherweight bout at UFC 199 until he was forced off the card.

Penn disclosed that he met some doctors to treat vertigo, motion sickness, and vision and one of the doctors suggested he should take a glutathione IV. Penn remarked he was told by the doctor that having the glutathione administered through an IV would be the best way for his body to absorb the antioxidant. Penn added he was unaware of the intravenous infusion ban and checked glutathione was not in the banned list of UFC.

Still serving the suspension, Penn used social media to challenge former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre to a 155-pound fight in November in New York. St-Pierre, who is also expected to come out of retirement this year, won both bouts in 2006 and 2008 against Penn.

Before competing in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Penn became the first American Gold medalist of the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship. He has competed in the Featherweight, Lightweight, Middleweight, Welterweight, and Heavyweight divisions. Jay Dee “B.J.” Penn is only the second fighter in UFC history to win titles in multiple weight classes as a former UFC Lightweight Champion and UFC Welterweight Champion. He unofficially unified the UFC Lightweight Championship and broke the all-time lightweight title defense record and was later inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame, as the inaugural inductee in the Modern-Era Wing by career-long rival Matt Hughes. He holds the distinction of being undefeated during his reign as a Lightweight for over eight years that spanned a nine-fight unbeaten streak in the division.

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