UFC newcomer Dequan Townsend did not have the best start to his career after he was given a 3-days notice on a fight which was a losing effort against Dalcha Lungiambula last June. Things have only gotten worse from there as the 33-year-old middleweight was informed by the USADA that his in-competition urine sample tested positive for benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine, and norfentanyl, a metabolite of fentanyl, according to MMA Fighting.
Townsend had accepted and served a six-month suspension for the drug test violation.
He would soon go on to claim his positive test might have been caused by “different sexual activities” in the build-up to his UFC debut.
He was serious.
“One of the most common ways is [through the] mucous membrane.”
If you sleep with somebody or engage in any sexual activity with someone who is a user or who does what they do on the side or whatever, it can get into your system through sweat, different sexual activities.
There’s different ways it can get into your system. That’s one way. But as I said in general, it was three days’ notice…I obviously wasn’t aware or extra careful because I didn’t plan on fighting in the UFC.”
The 33-year-old completed a drug rehabilitation program while serving his sentence for the substances, which are not classified as performance enhancers under USADA rules.
“Me personally, I am not a drug user,” he insisted. “I don’t discriminate, I don’t judge anybody who does drugs personally. What they do in their free time is what they do in their free time.
I took the classes. I was mindful of the information that was given to me, and I just pretty much want to put the whole thing behind me.”
He also brought up the fact that he is a nurse and it may have came from touching stuff.
“Also, touching stuff. I am a nurse – that’s my nine-to-five. I’m not sure if a lot of people know; people in Lansing actually know that’s my actual nine-to-five job. That could have been a way that it happened. But as I said in general, it was three days’ notice, (and) I obviously wasn’t aware or extra careful because I didn’t plan on fighting in the UFC.”
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