Walt Harris Received Four Month Suspension From USADA For Contaminated Supplement
On Monday (USADA) United States Anti-Doping Agency announced that UFC heavyweight contender Walt Harris accepted four months of suspension for violating a UFC anti-doping policy.
The 35-years old tested positive for anabolic agent LGD-4033 in an in-competition drug test administered by California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) for UFC 232. Harris scored a split decision win over Andrei Arlovski last December, which now overturned to no contest.
Harris could have slapped with two years of suspension; however, he cooperated with the USADA about the contaminated supplement. “The Big Ticket” didn’t knowingly consume the prohibited substance via dietary supplement; thus USADA reduced his penalty to four months.
“Following notification of his positive test, Harris provided USADA with information about a dietary supplement product he was using before and at the time of the relevant sample collection.”
So the suspension is retroactive to December 30, date of UFC 232 event which means Harris is eligible to compete by end of April. His schedule to clash against Sergey Spivak at UFC on ESPN+ 9 on May 4 in Ottawa is intact.