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Sean O’Malley Cleared To Compete At UFC 248 After Settling With Nevada Commission

January 23, 2020 | Posted by Joseph Lee
Sean O'Malley

MMA Weekly reports that Sean O’Malley has been cleared to compete at UFC 248 after reaching a settlement with the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The event happens on March 7 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. O’Malley will fight Jose Quinonez.

O’Malley tested positive for ostarine, a banned substance linked to contaminated supplement cases that resulted in suspensions for other fighters. He was pulled from UFC 229 as a result for a doping violation. He accepted a six-month suspension from USADA (US Anti-Doping Agency) and NSAC but while planning a return he tested positive again. Due to the low levels of the drug, it was said that he has a “pulsing effect” where trace amounts of the drug were still being found in samples. NSAC would not give him a license to fight without enough time to prove it was residual.

USADA also gave him a six-month suspension at the time, with NSAC giving him a nine-month just yesterday. The suspension was made retroactive to May 25, 2019, which means it will expire on February 25. He will have to pay $872.16 in attorney’s fees and submit to random drug testing before the event. Any ostarine found in his system can’t be more than 100 picograms per mL.

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