Sarah Frota Suspended By USADA for Failed Drug Test
Tuesday Night Contender Series alumn and UFC flyweight Sarah Frota has been suspended by USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) for the next two years. Accepting the ban, Frota tested positive for multiple stanozolol metabolites.
Starting on July 27th, the ineligibility phase began which was the day her urine sample was collected by the sanctioning body. Along with the ban, USADA wrote an official statement on their website listing what Frota flagged for.
Statement from USADA
“(Sarah)Frota Lima, 32, tested positive for multiple stanozolol metabolites, including 16α-hydroxystanozolol, 3’,16-dihydroxystanozolol, and 4β,16-dihydroxystanozolol. As the result of an in-competition urine sample, she provided on July 27, 2019, at UFC 240 Edmonton, where she lost by technical knockout. Stanozolol is a non-Specified Substance in the class of Anabolic Agents. And, prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency, Prohibited List.”
The statement continues:
“(Sarah) Frota Lima’s two-year period of ineligibility, the standard sanction for a non-Specified Substance under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, began on July 27, 2019. The date her positive sample was collected. The athlete’s positive test also falls under the jurisdiction of the Edmonton Combative Sports Commission, which has accepted USADA’s resolution of the case and recognized its sanction. Frota Lima has not competed in the UFC since her fight on July 27, 2019.”
Frota Releases a Statement on Instagram
Frota released a lengthy statement on her Instagram account.
Despite the ban, Frota penned that she believes the medicine she was consuming was contaminated and now she is praying the price.
Part of the statement read, ” I took a routine medicine (which I had taken before), however, I was at risk because I consumed a contaminated medicine provided by a friend (who also could not imagine what was coming) and NOT by the pharmacy that sponsors me.
Frota owns a UFC record of 0-2. First, a loss came via split decision against Livinha Souza at UFC Fight Night 144. Lastly, her final loss came against hot flyweight prospect Gillian Robertson at UFC 240. Furthermore, collection of the failed sample came the same day that Frota fought Robertson in the octagon.
MMA Fighting has announced that the UFC has already freed Frota from her contractual duties with the promotion.
— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) September 17, 2019
What the Ban Means
Also, Frota won’t be eligible to compete again until after July 27, 2021. So, it looks like MMA fans won’t be seeing the 32-year-old Brazillian competing anytime soon.
What do fans think about the ban? Secondly, testing positive for banned substances is enough to ruin a fighter’s entire career. Should that be the case? Let us know in the comment section below.