UFC welterweight George Sullivan was supposed to fight Hector Urbina in the UFC on FOX 20 early prelims in July, but that was before he was unexpectedly pulled from the fight card for a potential conflict with the promotion’s anti-doping policy.
In late August, Sullivan was provisionally suspended by the United States Anti-Doping Agency, which administers the UFC Anti-Doping Policy. On Tuesday, USADA announced that Sullivan had accepted a one-year suspension for an anti-doping policy violation after declaring the use of a prohibited substance contained in a product that was inaccurately labeled.
Although Sullivan did not test positive for any prohibited substances, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, the admission of use of a prohibited substance or product containing a prohibited substance is regarded as an anti-doping policy violation.
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Sullivan, 35, declared the use of Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1) on his sample collection paperwork when describing his use of a deer antler velvet product during an out-of-competition test conducted on July 13, 2016. IGF-1 is a prohibited substance in the class of Peptide Hormones, Growth Factors, Related Substances, and Mimetics, and prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List.
Following Sullivan’s declaration, USADA initiated an investigation regarding the product declared by Sullivan on his sample collection paperwork. During the course of that investigation, Sullivan provided USADA with information about the supplement product he was referring to when he declared IGF-1.
Although no prohibited substances were specifically listed on the Supplement Facts label, the manufacturer claimed on the product ….View full article