When the UFC went to Mexico in August, of course Mexican rising star Brandon Moreno was one half of the main event. But he came up short against the other half – Sergio Pettis – and to make matters worse, he failed a drug test for clenbuterol (a steroid) according to USADA.
USADA has since determined that Moreno tested positive because he had eaten some tainted Mexican meat, so he’s off the hook. Which is good for Moreno, but… geez, Mexico. You give your cows steroids?
As per the USADA site:
USADA was informed of Moreno’s positive test result in September 2017, and immediately initiated an investigation to determine the circumstances that led to the positive test. As part of the investigation, USADA interviewed Moreno and several of his associates, and reviewed all available relevant evidence, including Moreno’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. Based on this information, USADA concluded that the presence of clenbuterol in the athlete’s sample very likely resulted from clenbuterol contaminated meat consumed in Mexico. USADA’s investigation also took into consideration the negative results for samples collected from Moreno both before and after his positive test. As a result, Moreno will not face a period of ineligibility for his positive test.