It looks like yet another UFC fighter may have a case to make for a potential lawsuit. English welterweight, and former Cage Warriors, BAMMA, and Bellator veteran ‘Judo’ Jim Wallhead has accepted a 9-month suspension from USADA, the UFC’s anti-doping, drug testing agency.
Wallhead failed an October 7th drug test for Ostarine, a selective androgen receptor modulator (or SARM). At the time, he had been preparing for a planned bout against Warlley Alves in Gdansk, Poland on October 21st. However, his removal from the card was reportedly due to illness and not the drug test failure.
According to a statement released by the agency, upon testing positive, Wallhead was able to supply USADA with “a dietary supplement product he was using at the time of the relevant sample collection.” And a previously unopened container of the supplement, purchased independently by the agency, was found to contain Ostarine as an unlisted ingredient.
When his initial USADA notification was announced, a ‘fuming’ Wallhead posted this statement on his Facebook account:
“Now here my thoughts on this...” he wrote, “if you really think I’m stupid enough to cheat or take a banned substance then you don’t me, I haven’t took anything at all! why on earth would I get to the UFC which has took me 12 years of hard work and then take something.... lol it’s fucking ridiculous!! And along with fact I’ve had about 8 drug test already with UFC and am tested regularly would I even attempt to do anything out of sorts.”
As a result of his proof of a tainted supplement, “USADA took into consideration the circumstances that resulted in Wallhead’s positive test, including his failure to thoroughly research the contaminated supplement or recognize the increased risk of purchasing a supplement from a supplier that also produces products with prohibited substances.” ‘Judo’ Jim will be once again eligible to compete in July, 2018.
Along with Wallhead’s suspension news, former UFC flyweight Carls John de Tomas has accepted a 1-year suspension from USADA, after testing positive for Furosemide in an in-competition drug test on December 8th, 2017. Also known as “Lasix,” the substance is often used as a weight cutting diuretic, although it’s also banned as a potential masking agent.
The Filipino fighter had struggled to make weight in the UFC, coming in at 131 for his flyweight debut. His fight against Alex Perez on UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Ortega – which yielded the positive drug test – was forced up to 135 lbs by the California State Athletic Commission ahead of the bout, due to de Tomas’ past weight miss.
According to de Tomas, his use of the drug (in tablet form) came at the recommendation of a dietitian, between camps, as a way of keeping his weight in check. But, he reportedly stopped using the prescribed tablets two months out from his fight, as he claimed they weren’t showing any effect. In a statement by the UFC on the announcement of his drug test failure, the promotion revealed that he was no longer under contract.