Joe Rogan has given his take on the latest major career setback to have happened to the promising prospect Sean O’Malley ahead of his originally scheduled return at UFC 239.
Sean O’Malley was withdrawn from July’s UFC 239 and his matchup against Marlon Vera after he tested positive for trace amounts of the banned substance ostarine in a recent test.
Ten major events before at UFC 229, O’Malley was also forced out of action after trace amounts of the very same substance were found in his system by USADA.
He served a suspension between September of 2018 and March of 2019, a shortened sentence given due to the fact that the trace amounts were consistent with an instance of supplement contamination.
After this latest setback, he will not serve another suspension or be re-sanctioned by USADA as the amounts found this time around were likely just residual from the original instance and gave him what the anti-doping agency described as ‘no performance advantage.
Speaking during a recent edition of his podcast The Joe Rogan Experience, the famed UFC colour commentator gave his take on O’Malley’s situation and how he sides with the young fighter after this latest setback.
“He got a tainted supplement. These new tests that they have, they are so f**king extensive, they catch sh*t that you did years ago. If you took a tainted supplement with something that has zero performance benefit years ago it can still show up in your system.
“Whereas they used to have ‘oh, it will be out of your system in six weeks’.
“There’s a lot of cheating in professional sports but less than there used to be in MMA thanks to USADA and [Jeff] Novitsky.”
Watch Rogan’s take on O’Malley’s recent withdrawal below: