Breaking: Sean O’Malley Out Of UFC 229 Due To USADA Doping Violation!

We Won’t Be Looking The Match Between Sean O’Malley And Jose Quinonez At UFC 229!


Sean O’Malley was slated for the fight versus Jose Quinonez at UFC 229. Yet, this fight won’t happen! It was announced on Sunday on social media that Sean O’Malley failed a USADA drug test! It looks like UFC will have to look for another opponent for Jose Quinonez.

O’Malley wrote that he didn’t take the prohibited substance intentionally. He said the potential dietary supplement made a problem. According to Sean O’Malley, the samples were already sent to USADA. Sean O’Malley stated he hopes for a minimal impact onto his career. Read his lengthy Instagram post below.


USADA changed the rules on July on when it announces failed drug tests. Previously, it would have been a situation announced by UFC. According to the new policy, the UFC has the right to make the failed test public. But only if USADA finishes the investigation and declares the level of sanction! So when the fighter fails prohibited substance or confesses the abuse, he will still be unable to fight. The provisional suspension will be on.

In this case, Sean O’Malley had only got six days left until his UFC 229 fight. Yet, he feels he needs to be honest in front of his fans. That is the reason why he decided to share the news. Here are citations from his Instagram post.

“Even though under the new policy, my case would not be public right now, I feel it’s important to be upfront and honest with my fans,” O’Malley wrote. … “We’ve sent remaining samples from the bottle I took to the USADA lab and [sic] as well as a full-sized bottle. I’m told the testing of these supplements can take as long as 30 days.”

Sean O’Malley is a weed lover, that is nothing new. But here comes the strange thing. Cannabis metabolites are only prohibited in-competition. It means only 24-hours before the competition and a few hours after the fight. So cannabis can’t be the reason for his failed drug test.

Sean O’Malley (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) is a real rising star of UFC Bantamweight division. He defeated Terrion Ware at The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale on December 1, 2017, via unanimous decision.Then he won Andre Soukhamthath at UFC 222 on March 3, 2018, also via unanimous decision. Soukhamthath made one of the biggest mistakes though, but victory is a victory.

His fight against Jose Quinonez would have been a real spectacle. What are your thoughts on this? Can you predict the length of the suspension?


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