New Jersey-based fighter George Sullivan was already under suspension for a previous USADA anti-doping violation, but his suspension was going to be up in time for him to compete at UFC 208. Well, that’s out the window now, as Sullivan just get flagged for a violation yet again.
Here’s the UFC’s official statement:
“The UFC organization was formally notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed George Sullivan of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection taken on January 14, 2017.
Sullivan is currently serving a one year suspension under the UFC Anti-Doping Program, for his use of a product containing the prohibited substance Insulin Growth Factor -1 (IGF-1). Sullivan was due to end his current suspension on January 31, 2017, and compete on the UFC 208 card in Brooklyn, New York, against Randy Brown. However, USADA has provisionally suspended Sullivan based on the new potential anti-doping violation, and the UFC has removed Sullivan from the UFC 208 card. The UFC is currently seeking a replacement to face Randy Brown.
USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case. It is important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full fair legal review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed.
Consistent with all previous potential anti-doping violations, additional information or UFC statements will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.”
Here’s Sullivan’s response on Facebook:
Hey guys it’s a misunderstanding about a fertility pill I started taking 3 weeks ago to try and have a baby. dr Morgan is Sending in all of his paper work tomorrow to clear this up. I’m sad that it came to this my dr and I are shocked and we will clear this up. I have all the documents to prove it. I love my wife and starting a family is everything to us ! God bless.