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Friday, Jul 22, 2016

UFC on FOX 20: George Sullivan Releases Statement Following Removal by USADA

Sullivan (photo via Pellegrino MMA.com)

By FCF Staff

George Sullivan has been pulled from a scheduled bout with Hector Urbina on Saturday, due to a USADA notification, and the welterweight  says he’s “shocked” by the development.

Recently the UFC announced that Sullivan will no longer fight at UFC on FOX 20,  as the welterweight has “voluntarily disclosed information to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) that could pose a potential compliance issue with the UFC Anti-Doping Policy. Out of an abundance of caution, Sullivan has been removed from his scheduled bout on Saturday night against Hector Urbina while USADA conducts an investigation into the matter.

Urbina will still weigh in as a potential backup opponent should there be a need for him to compete in another bout on Saturday. Otherwise, he will be re-booked for another card in the near future.”

In a follow up post on Facebook, the New Jersey fighter stated this:

As anyone that knows me or follows me on social media is aware, I am an outspoken advocate for keeping MMA clean of PEDs. I was shocked when I was told that I could not fight this weekend. I did not fail a test. I was pulled from the card due to a natural supplement being on my list of supplements that I voluntarily disclosed to USADA. This supplement has been on my list that I have disclosed to both the UFC and USADA prior to my previous fights. I have been tested for PEDs countless times in my career by different testing authorities, including USADA. I have never tested positive for any banned substances. I want to thank everyone that supports me. I plan to do whatever it takes to clear my name. I am confident that my name will be cleared.

Sullivan (17-5) is coming off a KO loss to Alexander Yakovlev in January, after earning a decision win over Dominic Waters last July.

posted by FCF Staff @ 10:11 am
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