UFC: Lara Procopio Suspended Six Months by USADA, Already Eligible to Return

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UFC Shenzhen Lara Procopio
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A six-month suspension under the UFC’s anti-doping policy for Brazil’s Lara Procopio is already over.

On Monday, USADA (the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency), which oversees drug testing for UFC athletes, announced via press release that Prcopio (6-1), had accepted the sanction. That’s after testing positive for Ostarine, a substance that has been a frequent culprit in tainted supplement cases.

Per Monday’s press release, “Following notification of her positive test, Fritzen Procopio provided an open container of a dietary supplement she obtained from a Brazilian compounding pharmacy that she was using prior to her positive test, and which she declared on her doping control form, for analysis at a WADA-accredited laboratory. Although no prohibited substances were listed on the supplement label, the analysis revealed the presence of ostarine in the product. Delays in supplement testing were caused by laboratory closures due to COVID-19.”

While proving that it was tainted, the particular supplement Procopio used was not on the listed of certified supplements approved under the UFC ADP. As a result, the fighter, who last competed in August 2019 when she lost her octagon debut against Karol Rosa, was sill eligible to be sanctioned.

Her six month ban, however, is retroactive to February 17, 2020, the date of her positive out-of-competition test. Meaning that Lara Procopio is already eligible to return to action.

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