Sean O’Malley has been withdrawn from July’s UFC 239 after he tested positive for trace amounts of the banned substance ostarine in a recent test.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.
Taking to his official Instagram page, ‘Sugar’ Sean explained this latest speed-bump in his rise.
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Punished twice for doing nothing wrong. I have never taken anything illegal. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I will continue to train and get better everyday. “You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength” -Marcus Aurelius
Not seen in action since his show-stealing victory over Andre Soukamthath at UFC 222, there was a strong level of support for O’Malley in the wake of his first positive test from USADA and one would have to imagine that things will take a similar tone this time around given the strength of the evidence on the table.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena