Sullivan given provisional suspension by USADA

August 25, 2016

A month after being pulled from his fight at UFC on Fox 20 for disclosing information to USADA, George Sullivan has been handed a provisional suspension by USADA for a potential violation of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy.

The UFC issued a statement on Sullivan.  A portion of which reads:

“UFC was made aware today by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, that it has informed George Sullivan of a potential anti-doping violation and provisional suspension based on his declaration of a prohibited substance. UFC previously announced that Sullivan voluntarily disclosed this information to USADA and, out of an abundance of caution, Sullivan was removed by UFC from his scheduled bout on July 23, 2016, in Chicago. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, Sullivan’s declaration of the use can be taken into consideration by USADA during the results management and adjudication process.

Sullivan spoke out about being removed from the UFC on Fox 20 card in July:

Payout Perspective:

This is tough for Sullivan as he’s been in limbo for over a month and now gets the news of this provisional suspension.  Based on the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, Sullivan will have an opportunity for a hearing on the matter.  But, it appears that his only excuse (per the USADA Anti-Doping Policy) would be to show that he used a contaminated product.  Sullivan disclosed information from what we gather was he pre-fight questionnaire at UFC on Fox 20 which drew concerns from USADA.  We will see what Sullivan will use to defend the purported violation.


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