Last year, Bharat Kandare became the first Indian-born fighter to compete in the UFC. He made his octagon debut at UFC Shanghai against Song Yadong and although it ended in a first-round defeat, Bharat’s entry into the UFC proved to be an inspiration for the Indian MMA community.
And while the entire Indian MMA community was waiting for the news of his return to the cage, last week, it was revealed that Bharat has been suspended for two years by the USADA.
The suspension was given after Bharat tested positive for xogenous boldenone and tamoxifen in an out of competition test conducted on July 23, 2018. The news came as a shock to everyone and we reached out to Bharat’s manager and founder of Superhuman Gym, Somesh Kamra to figure out what happened. Below are the highlights from details that Somesh gave us.
How it happened:
“Bharat travelled to Singapore to train for his second fight in the UFC. However, he tore his ACL while training there. This forced him to pull out from the fight card.
He kind of got sad with the whole situation and returned to his home to take some time out.
Several doctors visited him during his time at home offering help and he was given some medications as well for his injury. We think that any of these medications might’ve had the substance that he tested positive for. We are still trying to pin-point the exact doctor or the exact medicine that caused the problem. Though this is an accident, we admit that there is a mistake from our side as well since we didn’t know what was going into his body while he was at home”
Regarding the suspension and the return:
“We are trying to figure out if there is any way in which we can reduce the suspension period. Currently as it stands, he will be eligible to fight in November 2020. On the positive side, it gives him enough time to recover from the injury and prepare for his return. He is still under the UFC contract and he will be continuously tested until he is under the contract. Donna Marcolini – VP, Athlete Health and Performance, helped us a lot with the whole situation and she has offered her complete support for the future as well”
Bharat’s thoughts on the issue:
“Bharat was as surprised as we are when he came to know about this and he is still figuring out what happened,”
A lesson for the fighters coming up:
“The incident that happened with Bharat serves as a lesson for all the Indian MMA fighters out there. There is a lot of global MMA attention on the Indian MMA scene right now. And in the future, many global promotions will take up Indian fighters as well. But these fighters should be on their toes when it comes to knowing what goes into their body,”
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