Neil Magny Confirms He’s Been Flagged by USADA, But Denies Any “Wrong Doing”
By FCF Staff
Neil Magny has confirmed that the reason the welterweight is no longer fighting Vicente Luque this Saturday at UFC Rochester, is due to a flag for banned substances. The veteran fighter, however, is also denying that he knowingly took performance-enhancing drugs.
Recently Magny posted the statement below regarding the situation.
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As many of you know, I had to withdraw from my sceduled bout against Vicente Luque on Saturday, May 18th. I want to apologize to him, as I know how difficult it is to lose an opponent days out from a fight. Throughout my MMA career I have been very transparent. I am not afraid to admit when I am in the wrong. On Saturday, May 11, 2019, I recieved an email from USADA stating that I have been flagged due to an "out of competition drug test". The flag was due to a metabolite of the substance "Di-Hydroxy-LGD-4033". I have fully cooperated with USADA thus far to determine how this substance was found in the sample I provided them on May 5, 2019. I have always been an advocate for the strict drug testing in the UFC, even to the extent of opting for my collected samples to be used for research purposes by USADA. I know without a doubt that I have done everything according to the standards set by USADA. I have faith in USADA that this situation will resolved in a timely manner and that I will be cleared of any wrong doing. To all of my fans and supporters, thank you. I assure you that I have not let you down.
The 31-year-old Magny (27-7) would have been fighting for the first time since November, when he was knocked out by Santiago Ponzinibbio.