Longtime UFC star Diego Sanchez has accepted a three-month suspension from the USADA.
He tested positive after taking a drug test with the result of using contaminated products, the UFC’s official anti-doping partner announced Friday. The suspension is retroactive to Oct. 26, 2019.
Fear, not fans, this test will not affect his scheduled bout with Michel Pereira at UFC Rio Rancho on Feb. 15.
“On November 25, 2019, revisions to the UFC Anti-Doping Policy were announced,” the USADA statement reads. “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.”