George Sullivan flagged by USADA, out of UFC 208

George Sullivan is out of his UFC 208 bout against Randy Brown.

The UFC welterweight was notified on Thursday of a potential violation of the Anti-Doping Policy stemming from an out-of-competition drug test administered by USADA on January 14.

Sullivan, who tested positive for a substance containing IGF-1, is already in the process of serving a one-year suspension that he received last year for voluntarily disclosing information to USADA, despite not actually failing a drug test. His current suspension was supposed to end on January 30 but he has received a provisional suspension for the recently failed drug test.

Following the news, Sullivan said in a Facebook post that the failed drug test was due to a fertility pill he took three weeks ago prescribed to him by a doctor.

The UFC is currently in the process of finding a replacement opponent for Randy Brown.

The full statement issued by the promotion can be read below.

“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.”


Jamal Khayat is a writer for RoughCopy MMA. He began his training in combat sports in 2009 and has competed as an amateur in both MMA and boxing. He is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Physics at the University of Central Florida.


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