O’Malley Fails Test, Out Of UFC 229
One of the sport’s most popular young fighters has been pulled from the biggest card of the year, as Sean O’Malley would be pulled from UFC 229.
O’Malley took to Instagram on Sunday, and informed fans that he failed a USADA test and would not be able to fight Jose Quiñonez in Las Vegas. O’Malley denies knowingly taking the substance, and feels a dietary supplement was at fault. “I have no intention and am fully confident that the results of this case will show that,” O’Malley wrote. “I love my fans and I hope the impact on my career is minimal and I’m back to fighting real soon.”
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The UFC would traditionally have made this announcement, but in July the UFC changed the rules on reporting failed drug tests, only making them public at the conclusion of USADA’s investigation and adjudication process is complete.
“Even though under the new policy, my case would not be public right now, I feel it’s important to be upfront and honest with my fans,” O’Malley wrote. … “We’ve sent remaining samples from the bottle I took to the USADA lab and [sic] as well as a full-sized bottle. I’m told the testing of these supplements can take as long as 30 days.”
While O’Malley is a major fan and advocate for marijuana, cannabis metabolities are only prohibited during in-competition testing, which is only within a 24 hour period before and a few hours after his fight.
Initial Report: MMA Fighting