Another Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) combatant has been issued a lengthy sentence after failing a United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA)-administered drug test.
According to the promotion, up-and-coming Welterweight standout Stefan Sekulić will be forced to ride the pine for the next two years after testing hot for the anabolic agent drostanolone and its metabolites, as well as a metabolite of metandienone.
From the official statement:
Sekulic, 26, tested positive for drostanolone and its metabolites, as well as a metabolite of metandienone, following an in-competition test conducted at UFC Fight Night in Moscow, Russia, on September 15, 2018. These are non-Specified Substances in the class of Anabolic Agents and prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List. Sekulic’s two-year period of ineligibility began on October 31, 2018, the date on which he was provisionally suspended from competition. Pursuant to the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, all UFC athletes serving a period of ineligibility for an anti-doping policy violation are required to continue to make themselves available for testing to receive credit for time completed under their sanction.
Stefan came up short in his Octagon debut at UFC Fight Night 136 this past September, losing to Ramazan Emeev via unanimous decision in Moscow, Russia. Even with the retroactive rule added, Stefan won’t be able to fight inside the Octagon until late 2020.
Just yesterday (Mon., Dec. 16, 2018). the promotion announced that Bharat Kandare — India’s first-ever UFC fighter — was also banned two years from fighting by USADA after failing his own drug test.