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Sean O’Malley forced out of UFC 239 due to still having ostarine in system

Sean O’Malley still has traces of ostarine in his system, and he isn’t being allowed to fight at UFC 239 because of it.

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Sean O’Malley has already served a six-month USADA suspension for a positive test for ostarine, which was deemed to be consistent with a supplement contamination. But it appears that he is still having issues with it being in his system. Tonight, O’Malley announced that he’s been forced out of UFC 239 due to a Nevada Athletic Commission suspension regarding more positive USADA tests for the substance.

He explained on Instagram:

““USADA has notified me that ostarine, the substance that showed up in my system last year and led to USADA sanctioning me, has resurfaced at an extremely low level in two recent tests,” O’Malley wrote. “The good news is that USADA says this is most likely residual from last year and that the low level is providing me with no performance advantage. That’s why USADA is not re-sanctioning me for these test results. I already served a USADA sanction for the presence of ostarine in my system, and it has decreased dramatically since last year.

“The bad news is that the Nevada State Athletic Commission has temporarily suspended me while they look into the situation. I feel terrible to let down my fans who were looking forward to watching me fight in Las Vegas next month, I look forward to publicly discussing my case before the Nevada State Athletic Commission with scientific experts who can explain why very low levels of ostarine are showing up in my system.

“I want to make one thing very clear: I have never purposely taken any prohibited substance to gain an advantage. I will subject myself to whatever additional testing is required of me by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. I want to get this situation finally cleared up so I can return to the Octagon as soon as I can.”

As mentioned, O’Malley will not be punished a second time by USADA. But Nevada apparently wasn’t willing to let him go out there and fight Marlon Vera with even trace amounts in his system, and wants to investigate it further.

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