Hamdy Abdelwahab’s UFC Debut Win Nullified by Suspension for Positive Drug Test and Tampering Violation

Hamdy Abdelwahab's victory over Don'Tale Mayes was overturned following two separate positive tests and a tampering violation

Hamdy Abdelwahab
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UFC prospect Hamdy Abdelwahab saw the victory in his promotional debut overturned following a positive drug test and a tampering violation.

USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) revealed on Friday that the undefeated Egyptian was handed a two-year suspension after testing positive for the anabolic agent methenolone and its metabolites on two separate occasions. Abdelwahab was also found to have committed a violation related to tampering.

“Abdelwahab did not declare the use of methenolone on his onboarding declaration forms and did not establish a compelling justification for his failure to do so,” a USADA representative revealed. “Based on USADA’s investigation, it was determined that Abdelwahab used the prohibited substance and knew of his obligation to declare it.”

Hamdy Abdelwahab Will Be Eligible to Return Summer 2024

On July 3o, Abdelwahab made his promotional debut at UFC 277, earning a split-decision victory over Don’Tale Mayes. Recently, a representative with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation confirmed per a report from MMA Junkie that the decision has now been overturned to a no contest.

“When a combative sports contestant in Texas tests positive for a banned substance, we place them on a 90-day suspension,” TDLR public information officer Tela Mange said in a written statement. “If the contestant won the bout, we list the bout as ‘No Decision.’ We can also pursue an administrative penalty and a monetary penalty could also be issued against the contestant. This case has been referred to our Enforcement Division for further investigation.”

Hamdy Abdelwahab competed twice under Jorge Masvidal’s iKON FC banner, earning knockouts against Dustin Clements and Matthew Strickland. He also picked up a first-round stoppage against Tyler Lee at a Freedom Fight Night event last March.

Abdelwahab will be eligible to return on July 30, 2024, two years removed from his first positive test. 

Published on February 3, 2023 at 7:40 pm
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