Former UFC star Erik Koch punished for violating Anti-Doping Policy
Former UFC and WEC welterweight Erik Koch has been handed an 18-month suspension by the USADA for abuse of prohibited substance. The fighter (16-6) has accepted the punishment that bars him to fight professionally till April 2022. The UFC released Koch in December 2020 after he failed to impress the management with a 5-5 record.
After the urine sampling was conducted on October 3, 2020, the 32-year-old tested positive for 3′-hydroxy-stanozolol, a metabolite of stanozolol. The UFC forbids the use of the substance at all time and has even added it to the UFC Prohibited List.
The original punishment for the substance abuse racks up to two years, but six months were cut from his sanction due to Koch’s Full and Complete Cooperation (FCC) since the USADA has termed the case “unique”.
The period of Koch’s sanction began on October 3, the day his positive sample was collected.
The last time he was seen inside a UFC octagon was back in July 2019 when Koch defeated Kyle Stewart via unanimous decision at UFC 240.
This was the ex-World Extreme Cagefighting veteran’s second victory since May 29, 2016. Previously, Koch dropped consecutive decisions to Clay Guida and Bobby Green.Focus