UFC: Thibault Gouti Hit with Six Month Suspension by USADA

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Once again, supplement use has resulted in a UFC fighter testing positive for banned substances, as Thibault Gouti has been hit with a six month suspension.

UFC lightweight Thibault Gouti is the latest fighter hit with sanctions after running afoul of the UFC’s Anti-Doping Policy. On Tuesday, USADA (the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency) announced that Gouti (12-5) had accepted a six month suspension after testing positive for the banned substance ostarine in April.

Ostarine is a common culprit behind contaminated supplements. In this particular case, however, the substance was listed on the label of the supplement in question. Once Gouti became aware, he returned the supplement, but by then, it was too late.

The product did not appear on USADA’s list of high-risk supplements — Supplement 411 (www.Supplement411.org). Following Gouti’s case, the supplement, which was not named, has been added.

Per USADA’s press release Tuesday,

Following notification of his positive test, Gouti provided USADA with information about a dietary supplement product he used for two days before returning it to the store when he realized that ostarine was listed on the label. Subsequent analysis conducted on both the open and independently sourced, unopened containers of the product by the WADA-accredited laboratory in Salt Lake City, Utah, indicated that the product also contained LGD-4033 and GW1516, which were not listed on the label.

Gouti, who is 1-5 in the UFC to date, was given a reduced suspension due to both his return of the supplement, and his assistance in helping USADA investigate the matter.

His period of ineligibility is backdated to April 25, 2019, which is the date his provisional suspension was imposed.