UFC middleweight Adam Hunter has accepted a two-year suspension following a positive drug test collected by USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) prior to his debut bout at FOX UFC Fight Night in Canada in August.
Hunter was supposed to make his first appearance in the UFC against Ryan Janes, but he was pulled off the card just 24-hours away from the fight after his drug test was flagged by USADA.
According to the organization in charge of the UFC’s anti-doping program, Hunter (7-1) accepted the sanction after he tested positive for different substances stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on August 11.
“UFC athlete Adam Hunter, of New Brunswick, Canada, has received a two-year sanction for an anti-doping policy violation after testing positive for prohibited substances,” USADA officials wrote in a statement released on Friday.
Hunter’s two-year suspension started on Aug. 26, the date when he was initially issued a temporary sanction after the drug test results were returned to USADA.
“From day one, the goal of the UFC Anti-Doping Program has been to promote a clean Octagon and allow athletes to compete on a level playing field,” USADA CEO Travis Tygart said. “Working with partners like the BCAC helps to ensure that goal becomes a reality.”
There’s no word on whether or not the UFC will keep Hunter under contract following his two-year suspension with no prior bouts in the promotion on his record.
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