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UFC Fines and Strips Fighter of Wins, USADA Suspends For 2 Years

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In April of 2016, the UFC released a statement that welterweight fighter Viscardi Andrade had been notified by the US Anti-Doping Agency of a potential violation of their anti-doping policy. USADA is the UFC’s independent performance enhancing drug testing service. Eleven months later, USADA has announced that Andrade has received the full suspension.

USADA announced today that UFC athlete, Viscardi Andrade, of Sao Paulo, Brazil, received a two-year sanction, pursuant to the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, after testing positive for a prohibited substance.

Andrade, 33, tested positive for stanozolol and its metabolites, 16β‐hydroxy‐stanozolol and 3’‐hydroxy‐stanozolol, following an out-of-competition urine test conducted on March 7, 2016. Stanozolol is a non-Specified Substance in the category of Anabolic Agents and is prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List.

Andrade’s two-year period of ineligibility began on March 20, 2016, the day after his most recent bout, a victory, at the UFC Fight Night event in Brisbane, Australia, on March 19, 2016. Per the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, an Anti-Doping Policy Violation occurring during, or in connection with, a bout may, upon the decision of UFC, lead to disqualification of all the athlete’s results obtained in that bout. Here, because Andrade’s violation resulted from a sample collection that occurred prior to his bout, all information surrounding Andrade’s positive test and sanction has been provided to UFC to make the determination concerning his competition results.

Pursuant to the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, all UFC athletes serving a period of ineligibility for an anti-doping policy violation are required to remain in the USADA registered testing pool and make themselves available for testing in order to receive credit for time served under his or her sanction. Furthermore, if an athlete retires during his or her period of ineligibility, the athlete’s sanction will be tolled until such time the athlete notifies USADA of his or her return from retirement and once again makes him or herself available for no-advance-notice, out-of-competition testing.

UFC welterweight Viscardi Andrade failed a PED test administered shortly before wish decision win over Richard Walsh at UFC Fight Night 85: Hunt vs. Mir on March 20, 2016, in Brisbane, Australia. The test was administered by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) which conducts independent drug testing for the UFC.

USADA recently suspended Andrade for two years and the now the UFC has administered further punishment, changing his win to a No Contest and fining him, amount to be determined. Via MMAWeekly.

UFC was formally notified on Tuesday by USADA of the two-year sanction issued to Viscardi Andrade after testing positive for a prohibited substance. Andrade, 33, tested positive for stanozolol and its metabolites, 16β‐hydroxy‐stanozolol and 3’‐hydroxy‐stanozolol, following an out-of-competition urine test conducted on March 7, 2016.

Shortly after the collection of the sample leading to the positive results, Andrade participated in a bout against Richard Walsh on March 19, 2016, in (Brisbane), Australia, and was victorious. The positive laboratory results from the March 7, 2016 collection, and the resulting formal notification to UFC from USADA, were not completed until after the conclusion of the bout.

Pursuant to the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, an Anti-Doping Policy Violation occurring during, or in connection with, a bout may, upon the decision of UFC, lead to disqualification of the athlete’s bout result. Because the sample collection leading to the positive test occurred less than two weeks before the bout, Andrade’s results will be disqualified, his victory overturned, and the results of the bout for both Andrade and Walsh will be changed to a no-contest.

Additionally, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, the UFC may impose a fine on an athlete who commits an Anti-Doping Policy violation. Accordingly, a financial penalty will be imposed against Andrade at an amount to be determined. Per the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, forfeited compensation shall be applied to offset the costs of the Anti-Doping Program or given to anti-doping research.

There is often a degree of ambiguity in USADA test failures, and the source ends up being a tainted steak or a doctor-prescribed procedure with no intention to enhance performance. However, sometimes USADA actually catches a fighter taking steroids.

This was the case with Andrade, who was caught using stanozolol (Winstrol). The notorious steroid has allegedly been used by a number of athletes including:
•Ben Johnson (stripped of Olympic gold medal);
•Liudmyla Blonska (stripped of Olympic silver medal and banned for life after second failure);
•Baseball players Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens (reportedly);
•Triple Crown hopeful Big Brown (allegedly);
•A number of fighters including Phil Baroni, Cris Cyborg, Chris Leben, Zabit Samedov, Kirill Sidelnikov, Tim Sylvia, and now Viscardi Andrade.

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