Rachael Ostovich accepts one-year ban after violating UFC's anti-doping policy

Rachael Ostovich accepted a one-year ban for violating the UFC’s anti-doping policy on Thursday following a positive test in January, the United States Anti-Doping Agency announced.

Ostovich tested positive for ostarine and GW1516 metabolites in January after an out-of-competition urine test ahead of her February bout against Shana Dobson. The substances, similar to anabolic steroids, are on the UFC’s banned list.

Ostovich will be eligible to return in September, however, as she was given a four-month credit on her suspension “due to time served under a provisional suspension in the latter half of 2019 for an atypical finding.”

“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,” the USADA said in a statement, in part. “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 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 last fought in January 2019, when she fell to Paige VanZant. She initially pulled out of that bout following a domestic violence incident at her home in Hawaii, but returned to “take a stand against domestic violence.” The 29-year-old currently boasts a 4-5 overall record, with her last win coming against Karine Gevorgyan in 2017.

Rachael Ostovich accepted a one-year ban on Thursday for violating the UFC's anti-doping policy. (Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images)

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