Long-time UFC fighter Erik Koch has been hit with an 18 month USADA suspension after he tested positive for a metabolite of the steroid stanozolol dating back to October of last year.
That means the 32-year-old Koch would not be eligible to compete again until April of 2022, but it should be noted that the UFC appears to have already cut ties with the fighter back in December.
“USADA announced today that Erik Koch, of Cedar Rapids, Wisc., has accepted an 18-month sanction for a violation of the UFC® Anti-Doping Policy (UFC ADP),” a statement from USADA reads.
“Koch, 32, tested positive for 3′-hydroxy-stanozolol, a metabolite of stanozolol, as the result of a urine sample collected on October 3, 2020. Stanozolol is a non-Specified Substance in the class of Anabolic Agents and prohibited at all times under the UFC ADP and UFC Prohibited List.
“Koch received a six-month reduction to the default two-year sanction based on his Full and Complete Cooperation (FCC) based on the unique circumstances of his case. Under the UFC ADP, USADA may grant an FCC reduction in the event an athlete demonstrates that they did not intend to enhance their performance and provided full, prompt, and truthful responses and information to all reasonable inquiries and requests for information.
“His 18-month period of ineligibility began on October 3, 2020, the date his positive sample was collected.”
Koch had been fighting for the UFC since 2011, compiling a 5-5 record along the way, with his last fight being a unanimous decision victory over Kyle Stewart back in July of 2019, although he’d lost three out of four fights prior to that.