Earlier this week, perrenial UFC welterweight Neil Magny was forced out of a fight with Vicente Luque. Magny has now come out to deliver the message that he was flagged by the USADA after failing an out-of-competition drug test. Hence, he couldn’t compete this weekend at UFC Rochester in upstate New York.
The failed drug test stems from a sample collected on May 5th, said Magny. Magny denied that he knowingly took the banned substance in his social media post and said he is “fully cooperating with USADA” in order to find out how it got into his system.
The prohibited drug found in Magny’s sample, LGD-4033, is a selective androgen receptor module (SARM), which is listed as an anabolic agent according to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s prohibited list, which has been accepted by the USADA. It is prohibited all year around.
Here’s Magny’s statement from his Instagram:
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As many of you know, I had to withdraw from my sceduled bout against Vicente Luque on Saturday, May 18th. I want to apologize to him, as I know how difficult it is to lose an opponent days out from a fight. Throughout my MMA career I have been very transparent. I am not afraid to admit when I am in the wrong. On Saturday, May 11, 2019, I recieved an email from USADA stating that I have been flagged due to an "out of competition drug test". The flag was due to a metabolite of the substance "Di-Hydroxy-LGD-4033". I have fully cooperated with USADA thus far to determine how this substance was found in the sample I provided them on May 5, 2019. I have always been an advocate for the strict drug testing in the UFC, even to the extent of opting for my collected samples to be used for research purposes by USADA. I know without a doubt that I have done everything according to the standards set by USADA. I have faith in USADA that this situation will resolved in a timely manner and that I will be cleared of any wrong doing. To all of my fans and supporters, thank you. I assure you that I have not let you down.
Newcomer Derrick Kantz has been substituted as a replacement for Magny. Magny last fought in November last year. He lost the fight due to a fourth round knockout to Santiago Ponzinibbio.