Cannetti given 10-month sanction by USADA for contaminated product

August 18, 2017

Argentinian Guido Cannetti has accepted a 10-month sanction after testing positive for multiple prohibited substances from a contaminated supplement according to a USADA release.

The 37 year old tested positive for ostarine, the stanozolol metabolites 16β-hydroxystanozolol and 4β-hydroxystanozolol, as well as hydrochlorothiazide and chlorothiazide, following an out-of-competition test conducted on October 5, 2016.  Ostarine and stanozolol are prohibited substances in the class of Anabolic Agents, while hydrochlorothiazide and chlorothiazide are prohibited substances in the class of Diuretics of Masking Agents per USADA’s release on Friday.

Cannetti provided USADA officials with opened and sealed containers of dietary supplements that he was using at the time of the relevant sample collection and the he declare on his doping control form.  After testing the provided supplements with a WADA-accredited lab, it concluded that they contained the prohibited substances despite not being listed on the supplement label.

Cannetti’s last fight in the UFC was in August 2015 when he defeated Hugo Viana at UFC 190 in Brazil.  To give some context on how long ago this was, Ronda Rousey defeated Bethe Corriea in the main event.

Payout Perspective:

Almost 2 years after his last fight in the UFC, Cannetti is served a 10-month sanction.  It would seem that taking a 2 year suspension would have taken less time.  Still, Cannetti’s reduced suspension due to a contaminated supplement reflects the issues with the results management process and fighters being educated on what they put in their bodies.  Certainly, the fact that the supplement did not disclose the prohibited substance was contained in the product makes it difficult to assess blame to Cannetti.  However, in the end, it is the fighter that is responsible for what goes in his or her body.

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