After the entire Jon Jones fiasco, UFC and USADA decided last week that they will now be hiding all information about Drug Tests failures until after the cases have been settled.
So from now on, if a fighter fails, nobody will know expect for the fighter, USADA and Dana White. Today Sean O’Malley was pulled from the UFC 229 card this weekend in Las Vegas for failing a USADA test.
The information had been kept secret but fans hounded O’Malley about why he has been removed from the card and he posted this on social media:
“Hey guys, Sugar show here… I want to be the first to let you know about what’s been going on. As many of you may have seen, the UFC announced this weekend that they are no longer announcing potential violations of the USADA program, because of the high number of unintentional use cases under the program, and are instead waiting until the end. I find myself caught up in one of these exact cases right now. Even though under the new policy, my case would not be public right now, I feel it’s important to be up front and honest with my fans.”
“I’ve been working with Jeff Novitzky at UFC and I believe that we have already identified a dietary supplement that would have caused this. We’ve sent remaining samples from the bottle I took to the USADA lab and as well as a full sealed bottle. I’m told the testing of these supplements can take as long as 30 days. I will continue to update you all the findings, but I fully expect the results what I already know. That I did nothing on purpose.
“For everyone that follows me and was excited for my fight I’m truly sorry. It hurts a lot not being able to get out there and do what I love on the biggest stage. I have no intention of cheating and am fully confident that the results of this case will show that. I love my fans and I hope the impact on my career is minimal and I’m back to fighting real soon.”