Updated – George Sullivan pulled from UFC 208 after USADA notifies of potential 2nd failure

Updated – George Sullivan pulled from UFC 208 after USADA notifies of potential 2nd failure

George Sullivan has been pulled from UFC 208 after USADA said he’s failed a test for the second time

George Sullivan has run afoul of USADA before.  This isn’t a new experience for the UFC Welterweight. This is his second failed USADA test and the penalty could be a two year ban.  He took to his personal Facebook account to share his side of the story. Here it is.

George Sullivan is the first fighter to be flagged for a second time by USADA. USADA became the UFC’s testing company in the summer of 2015.  He was currently coming off a suspension for his previous failure, and now, has been suspended again pending a results hearing.

The one certainty is that Sullivan is off of the UFC 208 card.  No replacement for Randy Brown has been named. UFC 208 is headlined by Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie competing for the newly created UFC Women’s Featherweight championship.

Update

** The UFC has released a statement on George Sullivan. Here it is, courtesy of UFC.com **

“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.”