After being pulled from his co-main event fight with Vicente Luque at UFC Fight Night 152 this coming weekend, Neil Magny has revealed that it was due to having failed a USADA pre-fight drug test.
“As many of you know, I had to withdraw from my scheduled bout against Vicente Luque on Saturday, May 18th,” Magny wrote on Instagram. “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 received 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.”
Meanwile, with Magny out, the UFC have opted to draft in LFA veteran Derrick Krantz to fight Luque instead, although it’s not clear at this stage if that will lead to a change in the bout order for the show.