Bantamweight prospect Sean O’Malley was forced to withdraw from next months UFC 239 card after trace amounts of ostarine were found in a recent drug test.
O’Malley, in a social media post, did state that there were extremely low levels of the illegal substance found in his system.
The United State Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), in a statement to Bloody Elbow, has stated that they are willing to assist the fighter with the case from the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC):
“In reaction to Mr. O’Malley’s statement made via social media, USADA can confirm that the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) was notified on June 15, 2019, that additional samples collected on Mr. O’Malley were reported by WADA-accredited laboratories to contain trace amounts of ostarine. As always, sanctioning bodies for each hosting state have jurisdiction over fighter participation and — taking all facts into account — are able to come to their own conclusions under their rules. USADA stands ready and willing to assist the NSAC in resolving this issue, as needed.”
A temporary suspension has already been given to O’Malley by the NAC, which is standard protocol for drug test abnormalities.
UFC 239 takes place on Saturday, July 6 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada with Jon Jones and Thiago Santos headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.