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Tom Lawlor suspended two years by USADA following positive drug test

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UFC light heavyweight Tom Lawlor has been suspended two years by USADA, the UFC’s anti-doping partner, following a 2016 positive drug test.

Another one bites the dust.

Tom Lawlor was suspended two years by USADA on Friday after being flagged for a potential violation in November, the UFC’s anti-doping partner announced Friday.

The UFC light heavyweight was tested on October 10 and tested positive for the banned substance ostarine. “Filthy” is eligible to return to competition in October 2018, as his sanction is retroactive to the date his sample was collected.

Ostarine, a selective androgen receptor module (SARM), is listed as an Anabolic Agent in the World-Anti Doping Agency (WADA) Code. According to USADA, ostarine is illegally sold as a performance enhancer globally and cannot currently be prescribed anywhere on the planet.

Ostarine has been found as a declared and undeclared ingredient in many supplements, “which has prompted the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue warning letters to specific dietary supplement manufacturers stating that ostarine is an unapproved new drug and that selling the drug is in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA),” per USADA.

UFC welterweight Tim Means was a victim of this. In 2016, “The Dirty Bird” failed a drug test for ostarine, but USADA determined in an investigation that the substance came from a tainted supplement. Means was given a reduced, six-month suspension (the maximum sanction for a positive test for ostarine is a two-year suspension).

Lawlor, after he received his suspension, posted a screenshot of the laboratory results on Twitter, revealing that a “low” level of ostarine was found in his system.

Lawlor (10-6, 1 NC) has been in the UFC since 2008 and has a 6-5 record with the organization. In his last fight, he lost to ranked 205-pound fighter Corey Anderson by decision at UFC 196 last March. Prior to that, he finished Gian Villante in an upset.

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