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Earlier today, United States Anti-Doping Administration (USADA) issued a statement on UFC Strawweight Rachael Ostovich (4-5) failed a drug test due to a tainted supplement. Per the report, Ostovich tested positive for ostarine and GW1516, an anabolic agent and Hormone/Metabolic Modulator respectively.

“During an investigation into the circumstances of the positive test, Ostovich-Berdon identified a supplement she had tried which was analyzed at the World Anti-Doping Agency-accredited laboratory in Salt Lake City, Utah,” the USADA statement reads. “Although ostarine and GW1516 were not listed on the supplement label, the analysis revealed that the product contained ostarine and GW1516, the substances for which Ostovich-Berdon tested positive. The product label listed another prohibited substance, but Ostovich-Berdon did not realize at the time that it was prohibited. Consistent with other cases with similar circumstances, USADA determined that a small reduction from the default two-year period of ineligibility was justified.

Ostovich-Berdon received an additional reduction to the otherwise applicable period of ineligibility for her Full and Complete Cooperation.”

The final verdict for Ostovich is a one-year suspension, dating back to January 3, 2020.

Ostarine has proven a common problem in these tainted supplement cases, and it’s often a lingering issue. For Ostovich, it’s another major bump in the road, as the Hawaiian has lost her last two bouts inside the Octagon. At the moment, it has yet to be announced whether UFC will release Ostovich as a result of the failed test or keep her on the roster.


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