OSP Accepts Three-Month USADA Ban
With the end result of a drug test showing he used a contaminated product, Ovince Saint Preux has accepted a three-month suspension from the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). The anti-doping partner of the UFC made an announcement of the subject via a press release.
The release stated that OSP (24-13) failed a urine sample for ostarine, di-hydroxy-LGD-4033 (a metabolite) as well as GW1516 sulfone and GW1516 sulfoxide. USADA stated that during the investigation, Saint Preux provided samples of the products he was using via sealed containers. No prohibited substances were listed on the labels, the aforementioned metabolites caused him to test positive.
Like a similar case with Diego Sanchez only a few days ago, Saint Preux was able to prove the test was a result of a potentially tainted supplement.
“On November 25, 2019, revisions to the UFC Anti-Doping Policy were announced,” USADA released in a statement. “Under the revised UFC Anti-Doping Policy, if a situation arises where an athlete tests positive and is able to demonstrate by clear and convincing evidence that the cause of the positive test was due to a supplement certified by one of the certifiers in the UFC rules, he or she will not be subject to an anti-doping policy violation and will be permitted to compete after follow-up testing and when there is no performance enhancing benefit in question.
“USADA determined that Saint Preux’s exposure to these substances began on October 25, 2019, prior to the current UFC Anti-Doping Policy being announced. Although Saint Preux was not using a Certified Supplement, he received a reduction to his period of ineligibility because he was able to prove that his positive test was caused by contaminated products and the very low levels detected in the products would not have enhanced his performance.”
The period of ineligibility for Sant Preux began on October 25, 2019. He is eligible to return at any time, although there is no set date for his return to the octagon as of this moment. OSP has not commented on the situation.
Saint Preux last fought in an octagon back in September, beating Michał Oleksiejczuk via the Von Flue choke. That snapped a two-fight losing streak for the former light heavyweight contender. He is 3-3 in his last six.