Walt Harris failed CSAC drug test at UFC 232

January 24, 2019

The California State Athletic Commission has temporarily suspended heavyweight Walt Harris after he failed a CSAC drug test on the night of his fight at UFC 232.

The substance Harris tested positive for was LGD-4033, a selective androgen receptor modules (SARM), which is in the same class as Ostarine.

Harris’ camp indicated that it may know the supplement which caused the failed test and has disclosed it to the commission for further investigation.

A urine sample revealed the banned substance which is considered an investigational drug used for muscle wasting and osteoporosis.

Notably, NBA basketball player Joakim Noah was banned twenty game for testing positive for LGD-4033.  Also, in 2015, it was reported that University of Florida quarterback Will Grier tested positive for LGD-4033 but the school refuted these claims.

Payout Perspective:

It’s not known whether Harris also failed a USADA test since the policy of reporting failed tests has changed under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy.  USADA still could sanction Harris based on a commission test failure according to the UFC Anti-Doping Policy.  Notably, the state commission will take the lead on this investigation since it was their test.  It will be interesting to see the amount of time it takes for the commission to determine the source of the banned substance and whether Harris will be punished.  MMA Payout will keep you posted.

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