UFC’s Sullivan Busted by USADA
UFC welterweight George Sullivan (17-5, 1 NC) has been suspended one year by USADA following an investigation into his use of a banned substance Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1). Sullivan knowingly admitted to using the banned substance which was contained in a deer antler velvet product. Sullivan’s July 13 sample collection paperwork stated that he was using the deer antler velvet product but did not know that it contained a banned substance.
The good news for Sullivan is that the suspension is retro active from the time of his last fight which was a first round knockout loss to Alexander Yakovlev on January 31, 2016. This means that a retro active one year ban will be effectively over in February of 2017.
USADA’s decision to only suspend Sullivan for one year and not two is due to the fact that the bottle of deer antler velvet was mislabeled but upon further investigation the deer antler velvet’s product website states that each bottle contained an extremely high concentration of IGF-1.
The New Jersey native Sullivan looks to have dodged a proverbial bullet with this retroactive one year ban. Sullivan’s honesty in admitting to using the deer antler velvet, not testing positive for the prohibited substance and the bottle being mislabeled were all things taken into consideration by USADA when handing down the penalty.