Rachael Ostovich Suspended After Testing Positive For Banned Substance

Rachael Ostovich, a UFC flyweight fighter, has been suspended by USADA after testing positive for a banned substance.

USADA has revealed that Ostovich was found to have ostarine and GW1516 in her system following a drug test from January 3 of this year. Tests later concluded that the substances were in a supplement that Ostovich was taking, though they weren’t listed on the label. She was initially given a one-year suspension, but it was later reduced to eight months due to a provisional suspension in 2019 following an “atypical finding.” The investigation didn’t lead to any further sanctions, and USADA took the four months out of Ostovich’s current suspension.

USADA’s statement to the UFC regarding the situation reads as follows:

Ostovich-Berdon, 29, tested positive for ostarine and GW1516 (also known as GW-501516) metabolites GW1516 sulfone and GW1516 sulfoxide as the result of a urine sample collected out-of-competition on January 3, 2020. Ostarine is a non-Specified Substance in the class of Anabolic Agents and GW1516 is a non-Specified Substance in the category of Hormone and Metabolic Modulators. These substances are prohibited at all times under the UFC ADP and UFC Prohibited List.

During an investigation into the circumstances of the positive test, Ostovich-Berdon identified a supplement she had tried which was analyzed at the World Anti-Doping Agency-accredited laboratory in Salt Lake City, Utah. Although ostarine and GW1516 were not listed on the supplement label, the analysis revealed that the product contained ostarine and GW1516, the substances for which Ostovich-Berdon tested positive. The product label listed another prohibited substance, but Ostovich-Berdon did not realize at the time that it was prohibited. Consistent with other cases with similar circumstances, USADA determined that a small reduction from the default two-year period of ineligibility was justified.

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Ostovich’s suspension will be retroactive to January of this year, meaning that she only has to wait a couple more months to be eligible to fight again. She last fought in January 2019 against Paige Van Zant, which resulted in a submission win by Van Zant.

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