Sanchez Accepts Three-Month USADA Ban

With the end result of a drug test showing he used a contaminated product, Diego Sanchez 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 Sanchez (31-12) failed a urine sample that contained ostarine and S-23, two prohibited anabolic agents. The products that he used contained selective androgen receptor models (SARMs), something the fighter may not have known about since they weren’t disclosed on the label.

“On November 25, 2019, revisions to the UFC Anti-Doping Policy were announced,” USADA stated in the release. “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 Sanchez’s exposure to these substances began on October 26, 2019, prior to the current UFC Anti-Doping Policy being announced. Although Sanchez 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 sample was provided on December 12, 2019 and the suspension is retroactive to October 26, 2019. The 38-year-old will still be able to make his scheduled bout against Michael Pereira on February 15, as the suspension has been served as of January 26.

Sanchez has not yet commented on the situation. He is currently coming off of a loss against Michael Chiesa at UFC 239 in July. Prior to that, he was on a two-fight win streak.

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