Carlos Diego Ferreira handed 17-month suspension by USADA
Brazilian UFC lightweight Carlos Diego Ferriera (12-2-0) was issued a 17-month suspension by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in an announcement today for “declaring use of a using a product containing a prohibited substance and testing positive for another prohibited substance.”
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According to USADA, “Ferreira declared the use of a product on his sample paperwork that listed the prohibited substance 7-keto-DHEA (7‐keto-dehydroepiandrosterone) as an ingredient. Ferreira’s sample was subsequently reported as adverse for the presence of Ostarine, a prohibited Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator (SARM), along with a laboratory finding that was consistent with Ferreira’s declared use of a product containing 7-keto-DHEA. Both Ostarine and 7-keto-DHEA are prohibited substances in the class of Anabolic Agents and prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the WADA Prohibited List.”
Interestingly, Ferreira indicated in the report he conducted some tests of the supplement products he used and found that while Ostarine was not listed on the labels, the testing “on the supplement product that listed 7-keto-DHEA as an ingredient indicated that it also contained Ostarine.”
This was confirmed independently, by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) labs and the product was added its list of high risk supplements.
Ferreira’s declaration helped reduce the suspension from the standard 24-months to 17 months, although he was initially suspended for only a year by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) on June 21. It retroactively starts from April 29 – the date his positive sample was collected and the date he declared the use of a product that contained the two prohibited substances.