Sean O’Malley Announced He Failed USADA Drug Test, Will Not Compete At UFC 229
Rising UFC bantamweight prospect Sean O’Malley who made a name for himself at Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series was expected to take on Jose Quinonez at UFC 229 Pay-Per-View event on Oct. 6 in Las Vegas. Unfortunately, on Sunday, O’Malley took to social media to announce that he has failed a USADA drug test and unable to compete at the upcoming event.
‘Suga’ also clarified that he didn’t intentionally take any prohibited substance, but a dietary supplement causes a discrepancy.
Hey guys, Sugar Show here … I want ot be the first to let you know about what’s going on. As many of you may have seen, the UFC announced this weekend that they are no longer announcing potential violations of the USADA program, because of the high number of unintentional use cases under the program, and are instead waiting until the end.
I find myself caught up in one of these exact cases right now. 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 about why I’m not fighting next weekend.
I’ve been working with Jeff Novitzky at UFC and I believe that we have already identified a dietary supplement that would have caused this. We’ve sent remaining samples from the bottle I took to the USADA lab and as well as a full sealed bottle. I’m told that the testing of these supplements can take as long as 30 days.
I will continue to update you all about the findings, but I fully expect the results will be what I already know, that I did nothing on purpose.
For everyone that follows me and was excited for my fight I’m truly sorry. It hurts a lot not being able to get out there and do what I love on the biggest stage.
I have no intention of cheating and am fully confident that the results of this case will show that. I love my fans and I hope the impact on my career is minimal and I’m back to fighting real soon.
Previously, it was UFC who announces that fighters are facing anti-doping violation. This July promotion changes its policy, as per a recent report by ESPN’ Brett Okamoto, UFC will no longer announce a failed drug test, until USADA’s investigation and adjudication process is complete.
It’s important to note here that O’Malley is a marijuana fan, but cannabis metabolites are only banned in-competition, so that means this violation wouldn’t be due to marijuana drug. So the in-competition is only within the 24 hours before the contest until a few hours after it.
O’Malley, (10-0) is undefeated in MMA, is recently coming off a decision win over Andre Soukhamthath at UFC 222 back in March.