USADA sanctions Jim Wallhead 9 months for anti-doping violation

The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced on Feb. 6 that UFC welterweight Jim Wallhead (29-11-0), 33, has been suspended for nine months for a positive test for a prohibited substance from a contaminated supplement.

According to USADA, Wallhead tested positive for Ostarine and its metabolite in an out-of-competition test on Oct. 7, 2017. Ostarine is a non-specified substance in the Anabolic Agent class and is prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping policy.

USADA noted that a dietary supplement product that Wallhead used did not list Ostarine amoung its ingredients was the cause. The product was added to USADA’s High Risk List of Supplements.\

The sanction was reduced to nine months after taking “into consideration the circumstances that resulted in Wallhead’s positive test, including his failure to thoroughly research the contaminated supplement, or recognize the increased risk of purchasing a supplement from a supplier that also produces products with prohibited substances.”

Wallhead’s last bout was a submission loss to Luan Chagas at UFC 212 in June 2017. His ineligibilty began Oct. 7 2017. He will be eligible to compete beginning July 7, 2018.



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


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