UFC Heavyweight accepts 1 year suspension

March 2, 2018

36-year-old Zu Anyanwu has accepted a one-year suspension from USADA for a failed drug test from an out-of-competition sample on October 18th.

Furosemide, which is in the class of diuretics and masking agents, and banned year round, was found in his failed test.  Anyanwu appeared on Dana White’s Contender Series last summer.  He lost to Justin Ledet in his UFC debut.

Via USADA release:

USADA announced today that UFC® athlete, Azunna Anyanwu, of Bensalem, Pa., has tested positive for a prohibited substance and accepted the standard one-year sanction for his anti-doping policy violation.

Anyanwu, 36, tested positive for furosemide following an out-of-competition urine test conducted on October 18, 2017. Furosemide is a Specified Substance in the class of Diuretics and Masking Agents and prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.

Anyanwu’s one-year period of ineligibility began on October 18, 2017, the date his positive sample was collected.

Payout Perspective:

The suspension does not bode well for the 36-year-old as he tries to start his UFC career.  Accepting the suspension probably the best strategy to get back into the octagon as soon as possible as any sort of appeal may have lengthened any time out.

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