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USADA suspends UFC fighter Yaozong Hu for 10 months

Chinese light heavyweight Yaozong Hu will not be eligible to fight at the UFC’s next event in China, which takes place Aug. 31.

MMA: UFC Fight Night-Asker vs Yaozong David G. McIntyre-USA TODAY Sports

UFC light heavyweight Yaozong Hu has accepted a 10-month suspension from USADA, the UFC’s anti-doping partner announced Friday.

Hu tested positive for arimistane and its metabolite 7β-hydroxy-androst-3,5-diene-17-one in an out-of-competition drug test administered by USADA on March 9. Arimistane, which falls in the class of hormone and metabolic modulators, is prohibited under the UFC anti-doping policy at all times.

Hu is eligible to return Jan. 9, 2020.

USADA determined in an investigation that Hu’s positive sample stemmed from his use of a dietary supplement, per a press release. However, the product listed a prohibited substance on the label.

Hu’s suspension was reduced to 10 months due to his “cooperation throughout the results management process and efforts made to investigate the safety of the supplement prior to use,” per the release. Hu was facing a one-year suspension.

Hu (3-2), born in China, was last seen in action at UFC Beijing in November. He lost to Rashad Coulter by decision on that card. Prior to that, the 24-year-old fell to Cyril Asker by submission in his debut with the promotion. That fight also took place in China.

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