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UFC heavyweight suspended four months by USADA for contaminated supplement

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight Justin Ledet has accepted a four-month disciplinary suspension from United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) after testing positive for 1-androstenedione.

Ledet (8-0) was eligible for a reduced sentence after being able to prove the dietary supplement he was taking as part of his training regimen was contaminated with banned substances, not previously disclosed on the product label.

While he appears to be absolved of wrongdoing, the official release explains the reasoning behind his suspension:

Athletes are reminded that even seemingly low-risk dietary supplements may contain prohibited substances, which may not be listed on the Supplement Facts label, thus USADA encourages athletes through Supplement 411 to challenge the reasons for using supplements and make themselves aware of how to reduce their risks of a positive anti-doping test and/or an adverse health event.

A lot of that going around these days.

“El Blanco” was suspended retroactive to the date of his provisional suspension (Feb. 1, 2017) and will be eligible to return this summer. He was last seen capturing a submission win (rear-naked choke) over Mark Godbeer at UFC Fight Night 99 last November.

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