Two members of the UFC roster have been suspended after they tested positive for Ostarine.
Rising UFC featherweight Kyler Phillips and lightweight Darrius Flowers will have to sit in the dugout for a while, as the duo has been temporarily suspended by the company after they tested positive for Ostartine.
As per the US Anti-Doping Agency, Ostartine is defined as “the trademarked name for a Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator (SARM).”
This means that the drug is not allowed for consumption in the US.
But consumption of Ostartine isn’t something that has happened for the first time in the UFC.
More than 20 fighters have tested positive for Ostartine since USADA and the UFC partnered in 2015. This includes prominent names like Sean O’Malley and Amanda Ribas.
It was later revealed that contaminated supplements were to blame for the test results.
As for Phillips and Flowers, there hasn’t been any such reason yet. The commission will determine the suspension period in a meeting in April.
However, the company that represents both UFC fighters is in touch with the USADA and have asked the company to potentially change their policy in near future.
“We will refrain from getting into specifics of the cases as they are still pending,” Iridium Sports Agency said in a recent statement.
“Unfortunately, Mr. Phillips and Mr. Flowers are victims of an outdated policy that fails to accurately achieve its intended goals. We want to thank the UFC and USADA for their support in this matter and to applaud director Mullen and the Nevada State Athletic Commission for their willingness to review their current policies and consider changes that are better in line with the goals of fair competition in combat sports.”