Up and coming UFC star Sean O’ Malley has been handed a six month suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for a USADA anti-doping violation stemming from earlier this year when he tested positive for low-levels of ostarine.
NSAC agreed to reduce O’ Malley’s sentence to just six months after he, “took responsibility for the adverse analytical findings.”
A change in policy recently meant that USADA no longer announce anti-doping violations when they first occur, but nonetheless, O’ Malley himself had taken to social media to reveal what had happened and make it clear that he had not intentionally taken any illegal performance enhancing drugs.
Since then he has claimed that the drug test failure came as the result of a tainted dietary supplement and it seems that the authorities have accepted that conclusion.
As such, O’ Malley, who emerged in the UFC from Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, will now be eligible to compete again as early as March 6th.
However, he is still not completely out of the woods yet as he still has to go before USADA, who technically could opt to suspend him for up to two years.
Prior to this situation, O’ Malley had racked up two wins in a row in the UFC, taking the 24-year-old’s overall MMA record to 10-0.