Sean O`Malley, the professional MMA fighter was pulled off the main card of UFC 229 in Las Vegas after testing positive for Ostarine. O`Malley himself announced to his fans that he failed the drug test, contributing the result to the dietary supplement that he was taking at the time.
O`Malley (10-0) was scheduled to fight against Jose Quinonez (7-2) as one of the opening matches of UFC 229. Neither of those two fighters is ranked in top 15 of the UFC`s bantamweight division, also both of them have been fighting well lately: O’Malley has won both of his UFC fights by unanimous decision, while on the other hand, Quinonez is still riding on a four-fight win streak.
The current UFC policy is that they do not reveal potential performance-enhancing drug violations until all proceedings have been completed. But O`Malley had said that he wanted to be transparent about this situation. It was only fair towards his fans and the UFC as the mix martial arts establishment.
“Even though under the new policy, my case would not be public right now, I feel it’s important to be upfront and honest with my fans about why I’m not fighting next weekend,” O’Malley wrote on Instagram. “I will continue to update you all about the findings, but I fully expect the results will be what I already know, that I did nothing on purpose.”
Later, the 23-year-old O`Malley talked about his test results during an interview on the Ariel Helwani MMA show.
“It’s called ostarine. I guess that’s the one that catches everyone that is kind of in all these random pills,” O’Malley said. “I feel like there has to be a new rule implemented or something because this has happened too many times.”
Ostarine is Sometimes Illegally Added to Some Dietary Supplements
Ostarine is a “Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator” (SARM) which is not approved for human consumption in the US, or any other county in the world. The important thing that we need to take in consideration is that Ostarine is added to many dietary supplements. Which creates a big problem for athletes who are trying to use supplements that are not contaminated with Ostarine (SARM). Many supplement companies may omit the Ostarine from the ingredient chart which can confuse people, who are sure that they are getting a drug-free product.
Only recently O`Malley had signed a new, more lucrative contract with the UFC. Which makes this whole situation even sadder and frustrating for O`Malley. He was even in favor of winning over Quinonez according to stats provided by bwin, (-357) for O`Malley and (+240) for Quinonez.
“It’s just not fair because I was about to go make a six-figure payday, my stock was about to go up and I was going to go knock this dude out in the first round,” O’Malley said. “I am getting punished for something I didn’t do intentionally.”
It is really sad when sports figures suffer consequences for something that is not their fault. Hopefully, in the future, we will see more regulation towards supplement companies so we can finally have drug-free supplements that won`t potentially destroy careers of many future sports stars.