O’Malley Suspended By NYSAC, Still Active For UFC 248
Just over a month until he’s set to return to the Octagon, Sean O’Malley was handed a backdated nine-month suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
On Wednesday the commission voted unanimously to approve the suspension, which is retroactive to May 25, 2019, which will expire on February 25th, just over one week from O’Malley’s scheduled fight against Jose Quinonez at the March 7th card inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
O’Malley was also ordered to pay $872.16 in attorney’s fees and to pay for random drug tests that will run until March 6th.
As reported by MMA Fighting, O’Malley was flagged by USADA for the selective androgen receptor modulator known as Ostarine, which has been found in several doping cases that featured contaminated supplements.
O’Malley and three other UFC fighters accepted a six-month suspension for drug tests linked to bad supplements by USADA, which is a separate suspension than the one handed down on Wednesday.
O’Malley’s manager, Daniel Rubenstein, reported that USADA continued to test the UFC bantamweight on six occasions, included two samples that were initially found to be negative that were retested. USADA declined further sanctions due to any metabolites found in O’Malley were residual “pulsing” metabolites which was similar to Jon Jones’ case.
In May of 2019, O’Malley was pulled from UFC 239 due to elevated levels of Ostarine, which had the NSAC elect not to license him for the card.
”Sean appreciates the due diligence of the NSAC and USADA to work to get his name cleared for the March 7th UFC 248 fight in Las Vegas, NV,” Rubenstein wrote in a statement. “He looks forward to making his UFC return on an enormous fight card in the fight capital of the world and showing his fans how much he has improved in the last two years away from fighting.”