In case you needed another reason to avoid eating
dog meat while dining in China...
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight Ning Guangyou, who blasted his way into the world's largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion by way of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "China," tested positive for the anabolic agent clenbuterol during an out-of-competition exam administered by United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) back in May.
But he's not at fault, according to the official statement from USADA.org:
Consistent with numerous prior reported cases globally, the issue of illicit administration of clenbuterol to animals destined for food production can result in, under specific conditions, a positive sample from an athlete. WADA has issued specific warnings about this problem in China and Mexico. To USADA's knowledge, due to strict regulatory and meat certification practices, a clenbuterol positive athlete sample has never been reported after consumption of meat produced in the U.S.
USADA reviewed all of the evidence, including the athlete's whereabouts, dietary habits, and the laboratory reports demonstrating very low parts per billion concentrations of the prohibited substance in the athlete's urine sample, and concluded that the presence of clenbuterol in the athlete's sample very likely resulted from clenbuterol contaminated meat consumed in China. As a result, Guangyou will not face a period of ineligibility for his positive test.
The good news is, he's not doping. The bad news is, he's slowly morphing into Brundle-Fly by way of Chinese meat.
Guangyou, 34, was removed from the upcoming UFC 202 pay-per-view (PPV) event, scheduled for later this month in Las Vegas, Nevada, and rebooked to fight Marlon Vera at the UFC on FOX 21 fight card the following week in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
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