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UFC Middleweight Bradley Scott Hit with 2-Year USADA Sanction for Cocaine Metabolite

Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight Bradley Scott has accepted a two-year USADA suspension after allegedly testing positive for benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine, following an in-competition test on May 27, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 130 in May.
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Sean O’Malley Announces Failed USADA Test, Exit from UFC 229 Bout

Sean O’Malley will not be competing at UFC 229 after failing a drug test, the fighter announced Sunday.
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Sean O’Malley Announces Failed USADA Test, Exit from UFC 229 Bout

Sean O’Malley will not be competing at UFC 229 after failing a drug test, the fighter announced Sunday.
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Sean O’Malley Announces Failed USADA Test, Exit from UFC 229 Bout

Sean O’Malley will not be competing at UFC 229 after failing a drug test, the fighter announced Sunday.
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Midnight Mania! Jones’ Manager Claims No Snitching, USADA Responds

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Jon Jones’ manager, Malki Kawa, attempted to bat cleanup for Jones today on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show, after we read Jones’ arbitration agreement and realized he got 30 months off his sentence for “substantial assistance” in giving information about another person, either helping USADA with another drug-busting case or helping pursuit of a criminal investigation. No one in MMA had invoked rule 10.6.1.1 before, the infamous “snitching clause”, and Kawa seemed a little hazy about what it meant. He also insinuated Jones provided assistance to USADA about himself, not a teammate. Transcription via MMAJunkie.com:

“I can just tell you without a shadow of a doubt that Jon did not tell on any teammate,” Kawa, of First Round Management, said on “Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show.” “Jon did not tell on anyone in MMA. Jon did not do anything that these people are saying he did. So all that, ‘He’s a snitch’ and all that stuff, we can put it to bed. He did not do that. There’s other things that took place in here. There’s other things that Jon did with himself. There’s things that USADA – and the arbitrator and everyone involved – got from Jon about Jon that they had never had before.”

USADA provided a statement that reiterated 10.6.1.1- which explicitly states that substantial assistance is provided about another person, not oneself — “…which results in a criminal or disciplinary body discovering or bringing forward a criminal offense or the breach of professional rules committed by another person.” She also pointed out that Jones would need to continue cooperating with USADA, or the reduction would be rescinded.

In a written statement provided to MMAjunkie in response to Kawa’s interview, USADA spokesperson Danielle Eurich cited rule 10.6.1.1. She also repeated the agreement that Jones’ reduction is contingent on his continued cooperation.

“Importantly, if the athlete or support personnel fails to continue to cooperate and provide credible substantial assistance, USADA will reinstate the original sanction,” Eurich said. “These rules set out in 10.6.1.1 are crystal clear, and if they are not met, an individual would not be considered for a reduction based on substantial assistance.”

She didn’t comment on the nature of Jones’ assistance, as it involves “ongoing matters”.

This made Kawa’s statements on the nature of Jon Jones’ assistance seem less somewhat less credible.

“It’s not like Jon sits in a room somewhere and watches people do steroids, and then he’s like, ‘Hey man, guess what, my teammate over here is doing steroids,’” Kawa said. “Jon goes and trains, gets his stuff, and he goes home. He doesn’t take a shower there. He doesn’t really hang out there. He comes in, does his thing, and he leaves. So he doesn’t sit there and hang out like that, or would know about anyone that does that. He doesn’t do that. So when people say these things, to me, it’s a funny thing.

“I’m assuming if Jon’s name comes up in something, and he was to know something, he would have to be cooperative with them. But I don’t know of a deal where it’s like, ‘Hey, we’re going to continue to’ – I don’t know about that. That’s not how it went down. I don’t want to assume anything or have this turn into a disaster all of a sudden. But, from what I understand, a lot of the stuff they were talking about had to do with him – not other people.”

Jones caught substantial flak from fellow fighters over the news that he had taken advantage of clause 10.6.1.1, though nothing specific has yet become public. Kawa also mentioned that rematches with Daniel Cormier and Alexander Gustafsson are the top options in play for ‘Jonny Bones’ return.


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Hendricks: USADA Hindered My Performance At Welterweight

Earlier this year, former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight champion Johny Hendricks retired from mixed martial arts (MMA) after 10 years of competing as a professional, eight of those inside the Octagon.

For Johny, leaving the fight game was tough call, but says once United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA) came along, he couldn’t compete at the level he was accustomed to, especially when it came to fighting at 170-pounds. That’s because USADA banned the use of IV’s, making it tough for he and plenty of other fighters to recover from a brutal cut down.

“I think USADA’s a great thing for the athletes, because it’s making people be clean, right? I took 26 tests, never failed one of the them. And that was in two years; I took 26 tests, never failed one of them. But what hurts the MMA aspect is that you can’t [use] IV bags,” Hendricks said on The MMA Hour (via MMA Fighting).

“So, I’m a bigger welterweight, I walk around at 210. I’ve done that since I was 19 years old, walk around at 210, and the IV always brought me back. It helped me get back to life, it helped me get to where I didn’t feel like I cut weight. And once USADA come into play, I had to start walking around like 190 at best, and as you can tell, I do carry a lot of weight … and that’s sort of one reason why it just made it that much harder to make weight at 170.”

Indeed, for his fight against Kelvin Gastelum and Neil Magny, “Bigg Rigg” missed the welterweight mark, and eventually lost both contests. It’s important to note those two contests — as well as his loss to Stephen Thompson — were a year after USADA became UFC’s official drug testing administrator.

Prior to that, Hendricks enjoyed a great run at 170-pounds, knocking people out left and right including winning the division strap at UFC 171 by defeating Robbie Lawler. He almost came close to edging out Georges St-Pierre at UFC 167, as well. For Hendricks, though, he believes his lack of being able to use an IV certainly made it harder moving forward.

“I’m just not in the sport to just be in a sport. Does that make sense? I can do other things. If I’m going to do it, I want to be the best, and I know welterweight is my best. That’s where I should be,” he added. Johny eventually moved up to Middleweight due to the rigorous weight cut, going 1-2 while missing weight for one of those contests, bringing his total record to 1-5 post-USADA. Fighting at 185 pounds simply wasn’t Johny’s strong point, but cutting down to 170 was to hard to do with USADA involved.

“Now, like I’d said, I loved the fact of USADA and I loved that you do the random drug testing. I just wish that, they have a lot of people that show up at these meets — you want to do an IV, have them test you every day. I’m perfectly fine with that. You show up Monday, you get tested. Tuesday, you get tested. Wednesday, you get tested. Thursday, if you have any pee left, you can get tested on Thursday,’ he added.

“They’re there testing the IV bags, they’re doing everything like that, and I think you can bring back IVs, because I think there’s a lot of people that really used the IVs to help them fight better. Once you took that away, you started to see some of these guys, they either had to move up or they stayed at their normal weight and they didn’t perform like they used to.”

Johny’s last fight saw him get knocked out by Paulo Costa at UFC 217. A few months after announcing his retirement, “Bigg Rigg” revealed who would translation into the world of bare-knuckle brawling, as he is set to face off against former Bellator MMA star, Brennan Ward, for the World Bare Knuckle Fighting Federation (WBKFF) promotion in Casper, Wyoming.

Anyone think Johny makes some solid points regarding USADA’s unpopular IV rule?

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Jon Jones Snitches, Gets Reduced Sentence From USADA

Everyone’s favorite drug-abusing rascal Jon Jones has finally come to an agreement with USADA. In lieu of the four-year suspension he was facing for failing another drug test, he will instead get 15 months, making him eligible to compete later next month.

Why did Jones get such a weak slap on the wrist, you may ask?

Oh, well, because he snitched.

Zoinks!

There’s a lot of shadiness involved with USADA, and how some fighters seem to get better treatment than others. But in this instance, there is no one shadier than Jones.

As per MMAFighting:

Jones, his legal team and USADA representatives met with arbitrator Richard H. McLaren last Saturday, per the release. Going into arbitration, USADA already determined there should be a reduction of two years and six months to a potential Jones suspension “based on Jones’ delivery of substantial assistance,” the release stated. Jones was facing a four-year ban, because this was his second UFC anti-doping policy violation.

McLaren then reduced the suspension to 15 months based on Jones’ degree of fault, which took into account that he had passed multiple out-of-competition drug tests leading up to UFC 214, before failing the in-competition test — the one he knew was coming. Jones was tested eight times in 10 months around UFC 214 and failed just the one test.

Jones argued that he did not knowingly take a banned substance and had no idea how a steroid metabolite got in his system. Jones submitted more than a dozen dietary supplements to USADA and none came back contaminated. McLaren is a highly regarded name in anti-doping and was on the independent panel commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to investigate allegations of state-sponsored doping in Russia.

I guess Jones’ sudden return shouldn’t surprise anyone. With only just so much Conor McGregor to go around, the UFC needs whatever pay-per-view draws it can muster to meet revenue projections.

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Jon Jones Snitches, Gets Reduced Sentence From USADA

Everyone’s favorite drug-abusing rascal Jon Jones has finally come to an agreement with USADA. In lieu of the four-year suspension he was facing for failing another drug test, he will instead get 15 months, making him eligible to compete later next month.

Why did Jones get such a weak slap on the wrist, you may ask?

Oh, well, because he snitched.

Zoinks!

There’s a lot of shadiness involved with USADA, and how some fighters seem to get better treatment than others. But in this instance, there is no one shadier than Jones.

As per MMAFighting:

Jones, his legal team and USADA representatives met with arbitrator Richard H. McLaren last Saturday, per the release. Going into arbitration, USADA already determined there should be a reduction of two years and six months to a potential Jones suspension “based on Jones’ delivery of substantial assistance,” the release stated. Jones was facing a four-year ban, because this was his second UFC anti-doping policy violation.

McLaren then reduced the suspension to 15 months based on Jones’ degree of fault, which took into account that he had passed multiple out-of-competition drug tests leading up to UFC 214, before failing the in-competition test — the one he knew was coming. Jones was tested eight times in 10 months around UFC 214 and failed just the one test.

Jones argued that he did not knowingly take a banned substance and had no idea how a steroid metabolite got in his system. Jones submitted more than a dozen dietary supplements to USADA and none came back contaminated. McLaren is a highly regarded name in anti-doping and was on the independent panel commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to investigate allegations of state-sponsored doping in Russia.

I guess Jones’ sudden return shouldn’t surprise anyone. With only just so much Conor McGregor to go around, the UFC needs whatever pay-per-view draws it can muster to meet revenue projections.

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Jon Jones Reacts to USADA Ruling: ‘Comeback Season Begins Now’

Jon Jones could be back in the Octagon as soon as UFC 230 following a suspension that was more lenient than most expected.
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Jon Jones Reacts to USADA Ruling: ‘Comeback Season Begins Now’

Jon Jones could be back in the Octagon as soon as UFC 230 following a suspension that was more lenient than most expected.
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