UFC Heavyweight Suspended 9 Months By USADA

A UFC heavyweight will have to sit on the sidelines due to a sanction from USADA.

USADA is no stranger to handing down sanctions. Since its implementation in the UFC, more fighters have been flagged for adverse findings. There have been changes made along the way to better understand pulsing effects and tainted supplements.

The latest USADA case in the UFC involves heavyweight Chase Sherman. He has accepted a nine-month suspension for violating the anti-doping policy. The substance in question is Anastrozole. Sherman popped on May 13 and his sanction is retroactive to that date. He will be eligible to compete again after February 13, 2021.

Here is USADA’s statement.

“USADA announced today that Chase Sherman, of Gulfport, Miss., has accepted a nine-month sanction for a violation of the UFC® Anti-Doping Policy.

Sherman, 30, tested positive for anastrozole as the result of a sample collected in-competition at UFC Fight Night on May 13, 2020. Anastrozole is a Specified Substance in the class of Hormone and Metabolic Modulators and is prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy and UFC Prohibited List.

Upon being added to the UFC Anti-Doping Program, an athlete who voluntarily and promptly discloses the use of a prohibited substance prior to testing will not be deemed to have committed a violation if they test positive from the prior use. While Sherman provided sufficient evidence that his use of anastrozole occurred prior to entering the program, he did not declare anastrozole on his onboarding declaration form and therefore he faces a violation for the presence of the substance in his sample.”

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