After being pulled from UFC on FOX 20 by USADA, George Sullivan is reporting he never failed a drug test, and insists he did not knowingly take PEDs.
Sullivan was supposed to fight Hector Urbina on Saturday, but recently, the UFC revealed the following information:
UFC competitor George Sullivan voluntarily disclosed information to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) that could pose a potential compliance issue with the UFC Anti-Doping Policy. Out of an abundance of caution, Sullivan has been removed from his scheduled bout on Saturday night against Hector Urbina while USADA conducts an investigation into the matter.
Urbina will still weigh in as a potential backup opponent should there be a need for him to compete in another bout on Saturday. Otherwise, he will be re-booked for another card in the near future.
The welterweight fighter, also posted the following comments on his official Facebook account:
As anyone that knows me or follows me on social media is aware, I am an outspoken advocate for keeping MMA clean of PEDs. I was shocked when I was told that I could not fight this weekend. I did not fail a test. I was pulled from the card due to a natural supplement being on my list of supplements that I voluntarily disclosed to USADA. This supplement has been on my list that I have disclosed to both the UFC and USADA prior to my previous fights. I have been tested for PEDs countless times in my career by different testing authorities, including USADA. I have never tested positive for any banned substances. I want to thank everyone that supports me. I plan to do whatever it takes to clear my name. I am confident that my name will be cleared.
In a follow up report from MMA Fighting.com, USADA confirmed that Sullivan has been pulled due to the fact he’s taken a “high risk” supplement. So, it will be interesting to see how this thing plays out.
Sullivan was KO’d by Alexander Yakovlev (17-5) in his last bout, which followed a UD win over Dominic Waters last July. The 35 year-old has gone 3-2 in the UFC to date.
UFC on FOX 20 will go down at Chicago’s United Center. In the main event, former bantamweight champ Holly Holm will batttle Valentina Shevchenko.