USADA has announced that Amanda Ribas is free to begin her UFC Career after they decided to scratch a two-year suspension she had been handed down due to testing positive for Ostarine.
It follows on from a number of other fighters being given reduced six month suspensions after testing positive for Ostarine due to USADA’s discovery that the banned substance had been found to have contaminated a large number of supplements.
having her name cleared will no doubt be a relief for Ribas, but given that her suspension began in July of 2017, having it finally lifted just a few months ahead of it being completed will no doubt be a source of frustration.
The Brazilian strawweight had joined the UFC with a 7-1 career record, but as yet hasn’t had a chance to show what she can do in the Octagon.
Read USADA’s full statement on the matter below.
“The termination of Ribas’ sanction reflects USADA’s recognition of the demonstrated prevalence of ostarine in a wide range of supplement products used by athletes (see USADA High Risk List for more than 70 products) and that ostarine has frequently been found as a product contaminant,” USADA stated. “The trace amounts of ostarine found in Ribas’ sample was made possible by sensitive laboratory detection capabilities and has been followed by four negative tests. As Ribas was unable to identify the source of her positive test, and taking into consideration the likelihood that her positive test was the result of an ostarine contaminated dietary supplement product, USADA believes it is fair to allow Ribas to return to competition after serving the majority of her two-year sanction.”