After suffering a six month suspension last year, “Sugar” Sean O’Malley has once again been banned temporarily by the USADA. The ban came because traces of banned substance ostarine were discovered in his system by United States Anti-Doping Agency testing. Owing to the ban, O’Malley will not be able to face Marlon Vera as scheduled for UFC 239 next month.
According to O’Malley, the banned substance resurfaced at “an extremely low level” in a pair of recent tests and the USADA determined it is providing him with “no performance advantage.” Per “Sugar” he will not be re-sanctioned by the USADA as a result of these tests.
Ostarine is the same substance that led to him being banned from September 2018 to March 2019. Back then O’Malley avoided a larger suspension because the trace amounts were consistent with substance contamination.
See O’Malley’s post and statement below:
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Punished twice for doing nothing wrong. I have never taken anything illegal. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I will continue to train and get better everyday. “You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength” -Marcus Aurelius
The 24 year old has been 10-0 in his professional career and is one of the more exciting young prospects in the UFC. He last entered the Octagon in March 2018 and defeated Andre Soukhamthath by unanimous decision at UFC 222 last March. However, despite being busted twice O’Malley has maintained that he is innocent.
“Punished twice for doing nothing wrong,” O’Malley added in a caption. “I have never taken anything illegal. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I will continue to train and get better everyday.”