George Sullivan notified of second USADA violation in a year

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Late last year, UFC fighter George Sullivan accepted a one-year suspension from USADA and now things have gone from bad to worse for the welterweight fighter.

Sullivan’s suspension is retroactive to Jan. 31, the day after his last Octagon appearance at UFC Fox 18.

Sullivan was then scheduled to face Randy Brown at UFC 208 on February 11, 2017, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, however USADA has notified the UFC of another potential violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection taken on January 14, 2017.

The full UFC statement can be found below:

“The UFC organization was formally notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed George Sullivan of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection taken on January 14, 2017.

Sullivan is currently serving a one year suspension under the UFC Anti-Doping Program, for his use of a product containing the prohibited substance Insulin Growth Factor -1 (IGF-1). Sullivan was due to end his current suspension on January 31, 2017, and compete on the UFC 208 card in Brooklyn, New York, against Randy Brown. However, USADA has provisionally suspended Sullivan based on the new potential anti-doping violation, and the UFC has removed Sullivan from the UFC 208 card. The UFC is currently seeking a replacement to face Randy Brown.

USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case. It is important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full fair legal review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed.

Consistent with all previous potential anti-doping violations, additional information or UFC statements will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.”

There is no news as to whether Randy Brown will remain on the UFC 208 fight card.

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