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USADA informs UFC Fight Night 98’s Guido Cannetti of potential anti-doping violation

The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced today that UFC bantamweight Guido Cannetti (7-2-0) was notified of a potential anti-doping violation from an Oct. 5 out-of-competition sample.

Cannetti was scheduled to fight Marco Beltran at UFC Fight Night 98, but was pulled after the USADA notification. A replacement for Beltran is currently underway.

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The UFC released the following statement on its website.

The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Guido Cannetti of a potential Anti-Doping violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on October 5, 2016. USADA has provisionally suspended Cannetti based on the potential anti-doping violation.

Cannetti was scheduled to fight Marco Beltran next Saturday in Mexico City. The UFC is currently exploring whether a replacement to fight Beltran can be arranged.

USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case. It is important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full fair legal review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. Consistent with all previous potential anti-doping violations, additional information or UFC statements will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.

While the process continues for Cannetti, it has come to an end for Canadian UFC middleweight Adam Hunter (8-1-0).

USADA issued Hunter a two-year suspension for testing positive for multiple  banned substances, including tamoxifen, boldenone, methandienone, drostanolone, and clenbuterol.

USADA issued the following statement on Hunter.

USADA and the British Columbia Athletic Commission (BCAC) announced today that UFC athlete Adam Hunter, of New Brunswick, Canada, has received a two-year sanction for an anti-doping policy violation after testing positive for multiple prohibited substances.

Hunter, 32, tested positive for tamoxifen metabolite, boldenone metabolites, methandienone metabolites, drostanolone metabolite, and clenbuterol following an out-of-competition urine test ordered by USADA and conducted by one of its partner national anti-doping organizations, the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, on August 11, 2016. These non-specified substances are prohibited at all times under the BCAC Anti-Doping Policy and the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List. On the WADA Prohibited List, tamoxifen is a substance in the class of Hormone and Metabolic Modulators, while boldenone, methandienone, drostanolone, and clenbuterol are substances in the class of Anabolic Agents.

Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, the standard sanction for an anti-doping policy violation involving a non-specified substance is a two-year period of ineligibility.

Hunter’s two-year period of ineligibility began on August 26, 2016, the date on which he was provisionally suspended by USADA and determined to be in non-compliance with his BCAC signed declaration. In addition, Hunter has been disqualified from all competitive results obtained on and subsequent to August 11, 2016, the date his positive sample was collected, including forfeiture of any title, ranking, purse or other compensation.

“By testing athletes and upholding anti-doping rules, as we’ve done in this case, the BCAC and USADA are helping to protect athlete safety and maintain the integrity of the sport,” said BCAC Commissioner Wayne Willows.

USADA CEO Travis T. Tygart further noted, “From day one, the goal of the UFC Anti-Doping Program has been to promote a clean Octagon and allow athletes to compete on a level playing field. Working with partners like the BCAC helps to ensure that goal becomes a reality.”

USADA conducts the year-round, independent anti-doping program for all UFC athletes. USADA is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental agency whose sole mission is to preserve the integrity of competition, inspire true sport, and protect the rights of clean athletes. The anti-doping program run by USADA for UFC athletes includes education, science and research, testing, and results management. Official UFC Anti-Doping Program information and athlete resources are available at UFC.USADA.org.

USADA informs UFC Fight Night 98’s Guido Cannetti of potential anti-doping violation
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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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