In the pursuit of a cleaner sport, fighters and fans alike have had to face a new and more complicated reality of odd test results and the consequences of them - especially when considering what fighters consume to supplement their diets.
After being pulled from a fight against Belal Muhammad at UFC 205 due to a possible anti-doping violation, Lyman Good has been waiting on a decision regarding his immediate future. The verdict from USADA has arrived, and the agency has decided to hand down a six-month suspension which will be retroactive to October 14th. Good had tested positive for 1-androstenedione, a banned substance under WADA and listed as an anabolic agent.
Good was able to make the case that this was indeed a matter of having a tainted supplement after USADA tested it, which reduced his suspension from two years to six months. Since 1-androstenedione was not on the label of the product he consumed, this was ruled as a case of a tainted supplement. As a result, he will receive a similar penalty to those issued to fellow welterweight Tim Means and middleweight standout Yoel Romero.
According to Marc Raimondi at MMAFighting, Good’s lawyer David Fish had some statements of his own regarding the matter after the news was announced over the weekend:
“USADA found that Lyman's October 2016 flagged urine specimen was the result of tainted vitamins and not the result of any intentional violation,” Fish said. “His competition ban will be lifted this month and he looks forward to returning to UFC competition. We never stopped believing that the truth would finally come out. He's a special person. This is great news, but will still never reverse the fact he missed UFC 205 and the damage to his reputation.”
Good should be able to return the action soon enough, and is currently 1-0 in the UFC after a TKO win against Andrew Craig at UFC Fight Night 71. That was his third consecutive win, and aside from a no-contest in 2014 against Jonavin Webb, he has not lost a professional fight since facing Andrey Koreshkov in November of 2012.