UFC: Undefeated Light Heavyweight Roman Dolidze Suspended by USADA

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Another UFC fighter has been hit with a suspension from USADA before ever competing for the promotion, as Roman Dolidze has been banished for a year.

Roman Dolidze never even made it to the octagon before running afoul of USADA. On Friday, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency announced via press release that Dolidze (6-0), who signed with the promotion earlier this year, had failed an out-of-competition drug test. The results showed that the Ukrainian fighter, who had been cross-training with Jackson-Wink MMA and working with the likes of Jon Jones, had multiple banned substances in his system at the time of testing.

Specifically, the 31-year old “tested positive for clomiphene and its metabolites M1 and M2, as well as a long-term metabolite of dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (DHCMT), 4-chloro-18-nor-17β-hydroxymethyl,17α-methyl-5α-androst-13-en-3α-ol (M3), as the result of an out-of-competition urine sample collected on March 12, 2019,” Friday’s press release read.

Such an infraction could have seen Dolidze banished for a couple of years. However, the fighter received a reduced sentence “based on the specific details of the case.” USADA also noted that the fighter “immediately came forward with detailed evidence of his use of prohibited substances before entering the UFC Anti-Doping Program and continued to cooperate throughout USADA’s investigation related to his use.”

His suspension will be retroactive to March 12, 2019, the date of the original sample collection.

Clomiphene is one of the substances Jon Jones tested positive for a couple of years back.

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