UFC fighter Rachael Ostovich was hit with a 1-year suspension on Thursday after she tested positive for a banned substance.
The U.S. Anti-Doping agency announced that the UFC women’s flyweight has accepted a one-year sanction for violating the promotion’s anti-doping policy after she tested positive for ostarine and GW1516 metabolites, according to MMA Junkie.
Ostovich’s positive test stems from an out-of-competition urine sample that was collected January 3rd. USADA said Ostovich is eligible to return Aug. 3 since she received a four-month credit “due to time served under a provisional suspension in the latter half of 2019 for an atypical finding.”
“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,” USADA said in a statement. “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. Under the revised UFC ADP announced on November 25, 2019, a full and complete cooperation reduction may be granted in the event that an athlete demonstrates that they did not intend to enhance their performance and provided full, prompt, and truthful responses and information to all reasonable inquiries and requests for information.”
Ostovich was supposed to fight Shana Dobson in New Zealand in February 2020, and nobody knew why at the time. Now, we know.
Luckily for Rachael Ostovich, she can very well lean on the fact that she has a strong following of 686,000 followers on Instagram and could make money if she wanted.