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USADA clears Ian McCall of anti-doping violation, grants retroactive TUE

The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced today that UFC flyweight Ian McCall (13-5-1)┬áhas been granted a retroactive Therapeutic Exemption (TUE) for an intravenous infusion of a “non-prohibited” substance back in February 2017.

McCall, 32, was scheduled to fight Neil Seery at UFC 208, but was removed after falling ill. He received a shot of saline solution at the behest of his physician to “treat an acute medical condition.”

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While saline is not prohibited under the UFC Anti-Doping Program or on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) prohibited list, USADA said “all intravenous infusions and/or injections of more than 50mL per 6-hour period are prohibited at all times unless the athlete obtains a TUE in advance, or if the infusion is legitimately received in the course of hospital admissions, surgical procedures, or clinical investigations.”

The USADA press release went on to explain that after an investigation, it was determined that the injection was consistent with standard treatment procedures, with a retroactive TUE granted to McCall.

“Uncle Creepy” has not fought in the octagon since losing a unanimous decision to John Lineker at UFC 183 in January 2015.



Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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