Li Jingliang avoids USADA punishment after flagged test

September 2, 2016

UFC welterweight Li Jingliang will avoid punishment from USADA despite testing positive for trace amount of clenbuterol.  USADA determined that the prohibited substance was ingested without fault or negligence.

The flagged test occurred on May 18, 2016, prior to his fight at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale.  Jingliang defeated Anton Zafir in his bout.

Per the UFC-USADA Anti-doping web site: “Clenbuterol is an Anabolic Agent prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List.”  Tainted meat appears to be a possible culprit as it relates to the finding in tests.

According to USADA officials, after an investigation, it has concluded that the Clenbuterol finding is likely due to consuming contaminated meat in China.

Jingliang will not face a period of ineligibility for his positive test.

While the NSAC could feasible discipline Jingliang, I would surmise that based on this finding it is unlikely.

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