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Tuesday 27, Dec 2016

  UFC Lightweight Ferreira Accepts Suspension

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The UFC lightweight fighter Carlos Diego Ferreira has received a suspension of 17 months for declaring the use of a product that contained a prohibited substance and testing positive for another prohibited substance.

The Brazilian mixed martial artist, who is currently competing in the Lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, tested positive for Ostarine [a prohibited Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator (SARM)] in an out-of-competition drug test on April 29. The MMA fighter additionally declared the use of a product on his sample paperwork that contained the banned substance 7-keto-DHEA. Under the Prohibited List of the World Anti-Doping Agency, both Ostarine and 7-keto-DHEA are prohibited substances in the class of Anabolic Agents.

In a statement, the United States Anti-Doping Agency said Ferreira following notification of his positive test tested several of the supplement products he was reportedly using at the time of his positive test. The USADA statement further reads that although Ostarine was not listed on any of the supplement labels, preliminary testing conducted on the supplement product that listed 7-keto-DHEA as an ingredient indicated that it also contained Ostarine.

It was also added that the WADA-accredited laboratory in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the request of USADA independently obtained and analyzed the contents of an unopened container of the supplement in question. The USADA statement reads that testing conclusively confirmed that although the supplement only listed one prohibited substance as an ingredient (7-keto-DHEA), it actually contained 7-keto-DHEA and a second undeclared prohibited substance (Ostarine) as well. USADA further added that Ferreira advised the United States Anti-Doping Agency that although he researched the product prior to using it, he did not realize 7-keto-DHEA was a prohibited substance, or that the supplement contained Ostarine.

USADA based on the circumstance of the anti-doping violation elected to reduce the suspension of Ferreira from two years to 17 months, retroactive to April 29. The Brazilian mixed martial artist will now be eligible to return in September 2014.

The UFC lightweight fighter was previously suspended for one year by the Nevada Athletic Commission for the positive test. The UFC will adhere to the lengthier punishment administered by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

Ferreira was scheduled to face Abel Trujillo at UFC Fight Night 88 on May 29 but his name was removed from the fight card after the positive test.

The former Legacy FC lightweight champion started training Brazilian jiu-jitsu at age 10. He made his professional MMA debut against Joseph Daily at STFC 15 on April 15, 2011 wjere won the fight via split decision. Ferreira went on to compile an undefeated record of 9–0 before he signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Ferreira faced Colton Smith at UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Stephens in his debut and won a Performance of the Night bonus where he won the fight via submission (rear-naked choke). He then defeated Ramsey Nijem at UFC 177 and won the Fight of the Night bonus. Later, ge faced Beneil Dariush at UFC 179 but lost the fight via unanimous decision.

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Saturday 11, Jun 2016

  UFC Featherweight Chad Mendes Flagged For ‘Potential’ USADA Violation

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Two-time featherweight title contender Chad Mendes has been flagged for a “potential Anti-Doping Policy violation” stemming from an out-of-competition drug test collected by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), according to an announcement by the UFC.

However, the UFC did not specify the nature of the banned substance found in the sample of Mendes. The 31-year-old Mendes is currently the No. 4 ranked featherweight in the UFC’s media-generated rankings. Mendes has been out of action since December 2015, when he suffered a first-round knockout loss at the hands of Frankie Edgar at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale. Mendes has dropped three of his last four contests including a failed bid for the interim UFC featherweight title against Conor McGregor at UFC 189. The two-time featherweight title contender has twice fought for the UFC featherweight title and lost to former longtime champion Jose Aldo via first-round knockout in 2012 and then fell short via decision in a highly competitive rematch in 2014.

An official UFC statement read the UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Chad Mendes of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection. The statement further reads USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case. The UFC statement continued it important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed and further added that additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.

In the last few weeks, many UFC fighters have failed anti-doping tests.

B.J. Penn was suspended after he disclosed IV use that is prohibited by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. A UFC statement reads Penn disclosed the usage of a prohibited method – the use of an IV in excess of 50 ML in a six-hour period – during a March 25, 2016, out-of-competition sample collection and was removed from his scheduled bout against Cole Miller on June 4 in Los Angeles.

Few weeks back, Diego Ferreira has been removed from this month’s UFC Fight Night 88 event because of a potential failed drug test. In a statement, the UFC had then remarked that it was notified that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) informed Carlos Diego Ferreira of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation, stemming from a recent out-of-competition sample collection.

UFC welterweight Tim Means was also named by USADA for a positive drug test stemming from a tainted supplement. Means accepted a suspension of six months, retroactive to the February 3 date he was provisionally suspended for of a potential anti-doping violation. The 32-year-old Means was tested out-of-competition on January 21 and tested positive for Ostarine, a banned androgen modulator with anabolic properties. It was later found out that the banned substance came from a tainted supplement that the fighter admitted to using. He initially faced a suspension of two years as a first-time offender but his punishment was reduced in light of the tainted supplement. The United States Anti-Doping Agency had previously delivered a similar ruling for UFC middleweight Yoel Romero, who failed an out-of-competition test for a growth hormone substitute and subsequently proved his positive test stemmed from a tainted supplement.

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