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USADA hands Rachael Ostovich one-year sanction for using tainted supplement

The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) reported Thursday that UFC women’s flyweight Rachael Ostovich (4-5-0) will serve a one year sanction for a positive test for astatine and GW1515 metabolites.

The violation occurred from a Jan. 3 out-of-competition urine sample. USADA granted Ostovich a four-month credit for “due to time served under a provisional suspension in the latter half of 2019 for an atypical finding.”

Ostovich, 29, is eligible to return on Aug. 3.

“During an investigation into the circumstances of the positive test, Ostovich-Berdon identified a supplement she had tried, which was analyzed at the World Anti-Doping Agency-accredited laboratory in Salt Lake City,” a USADA press release read. “Although ostarine and GW1516 were not listed on the supplement label, the analysis revealed that the product contained ostarine and GW1516, the substances for which Ostovich-Berdon tested positive. The product label listed another prohibited substance, but Ostovich-Berdon did not realize at the time that it was prohibited. Consistent with other cases with similar circumstances, USADA determined that a small reduction from the default two-year period of ineligibility was justified.”

“Ostovich-Berdon received an additional reduction to the otherwise applicable period of ineligibility for her full and complete cooperation. Under the revised UFC ADP announced on November 25, 2019, a full and complete cooperation reduction may be granted in the event that an athlete demonstrates that they did not intend to enhance their performance and provided full, prompt, and truthful responses and information to all reasonable inquiries and requests for information.”

Ostovich has lost her last two bouts, including a submission loss to Paige VanZant at UFC on ESPN+ 1 in January 2019. She also made headlines in May 2019 for being the victim of a domestic violence incident with her husband Arnold Berdon.


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

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