UFC veteran Diego ‘The Nightmare’ Sanchez has been slapped with a three-month suspension for violation of the UFC Anti-Doping policy.
Sanchez tested positive for the banned substance Ostarine and S-23 in an out-of-competition test in December. However according to USADA, these substances were present in his system in October. Therefore Sanchez is still eligible to fight Michel Pereira at UFC Rio Rancho on February 16.
The statement read:
“USADA announced today that Diego Sanchez, of Albuquerque, N.M., has accepted a three-month sanction for a violation of the UFCAnti-Doping Policy after testing positive for prohibited substances.
During an investigation into the circumstances of the positive test, Sanchez provided containers of products he was using at the time of the test for analysis at the World Anti-Doping Agency-accredited laboratory in Salt Lake City, Utah. Although no prohibited substances were listed on the supplement labels, the analysis revealed that the products contained the selective androgen receptor modulators (SARMs) for which Sanchez tested positive.
Under the revised UFC Anti-Doping Policy, if a situation arises where an athlete tests positive and is able to demonstrate by clear and convincing evidence that the cause of the positive test was due to a supplement certified by one of the certifiers in the UFC rules, he or she will not be subject to an anti-doping policy violation and will be permitted to compete after follow-up testing and when there is no performance enhancing benefit in question
Although Sanchez was not using a Certified Supplement, he received a reduction to his period of ineligibility because he was able to prove that his positive test was caused by contaminated products and the very low levels detected in the products would not have enhanced his performance.”
Sanchez is 2-2 since moving up to welterweight. Sanchez suffered a lopsided unanimous decision defeat you Michael Chiesa in his last fight at UFC 239 in July.