UFC: Chi Lewis-Parry Hit With Massive 4-Year Ban by Arbitrator in USADA Case

Chi Lewis-Parry
Chi Lewis-Parry Credit: James Goyder/Sherdog.com

An independent arbitrator has handed out a four-year ban to former UFC fighter Chi Lewis-Parry. Who is unlikely to ever fight for the promotion.

The United Kingdom’s Parry never actually managed to set foot in the UFC octagon. However, between September 12 and 19, 2019, he tested positive for multiple banned substances under the UFC’s Anti-Doping Policy, which is overseen by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

Per a press release distributed by USADA on Friday, Lewis-Parry was found to have the following banned substances in his system at the time his samples were collected:

  • Drostanolone and its metabolites 2α-methyl-5α-androstan-3α-ol-17-one and 2α-methyl-5α-androstan-3β,17β-diol;
  • Stanozolol metabolites 3′-hydroxy-17-epistanozolol-O-glucuronide and 3′-hydroxystanozolol-O-glucuronide;
  • Metabolites of dehydrochloromethyltestosterone (DHCMT) or similar 4-chloro-17α-methyl substituted anabolic steroid

Lewis-Parry did not declare the use of drostanolone, stanozolol, or DHCMT on his onboarding declaration forms, the anti-doping organization noted. He was released from the Anti-Doping program, and promotion, prior to ever competing.

However, the fighter was still liable for his actions while under USADA’s purview. With the case going before an independent arbitrator, things were bleak. They got worse when USADA discovered the fighter had falsified evidence presented to both them and the arbitrator, mainly an “adulterated supplement” to support his claim of contamination.

The arbitrator in the case was quoted in Friday’s press release, saying that “the 4 year period where aggravating circumstances are present is a maximum, not a mandatory period. I consider on the basis of the facts as I find them, that [Lewis-Parry] has sought to muddy the waters from first to last both prior to and during this Arbitration by provision of false evidence. 4 years is therefore in principle proportionate and appropriate.”

Lewis-Parry (9-0-2) had been competing with UAE Warriors prior to signing with the UFC. After being released with his USADA case pending, he competed with that promotion again, picking up a win against former UFC fighter Fabio Maldonado at UAE Warriors back in September. The 37-year old has also had a successful career as a kickboxer, competing for GLORY and becoming a UCMMA K1 kickboxing champion.