UFC flyweight Rachael Ostovich has been handed a one-year ban after failing a drug test for ostarine in a tainted supplement.
The 29-year-old has fought just three times in the UFC, the last against Paige VanZant in January 2019, losing by submission.
She was due to face Shana Dobson in February but withdrew, and it has since emerged she failed a United States Anti-Doping Agency test.
USADA later confirmed the doping violation was caused by a tainted supplement.
Ostovich tested positive for ostarine, a muscle grower, and GW1516, which enables muscles to use fat rather than carbohydrates as an energy source, often leading to weight loss.
After an investigation the fighter provided the tainted supplement, which was tested at the World Anti-Doping Agency-accredited laboratory in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Ostarine and GW1516 were not listed on the supplement label, though analysis revealed the product contained both.
The product label listed another prohibited substance, but Ostovich was not aware at the time that it was on the banned list.
Due to the circumstances, USADA determined that a small reduction from the default two-year suspension would be justified.
In addition to that, Ostovich’s suspension was understood to have been further reduced as part of the UFC’s recently created “Full and Complete Cooperation” guideline.
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That ruling was put in place as part of the UFC’s revision of their anti-doping policy last November.
It may be granted “In the event that an athlete demonstrates that they did not intend to enhance their performance and provided full, prompt, and truthful responses and information to all reasonable inquiries and requests for information.”
Ostovich will be free to fight again on January 3 next year, one year from the date of her failed drug test.