Rachael Ostovich has accepted a one-year ban for violating the UFC’s anti-doping policy following a positive test in January.
The United States Anti-Doping Agency announced Ostovich tested positive for ostarine and GW1516 metabolites in January after an out-of-competition urine test ahead of her February bout against Shana Dobson.
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The substances, similar to anabolic steroids, are on the UFC’s banned list.
Ostovich will be eligible to return in September, however, as she was given a four-month credit on her suspension “due to time served under a provisional suspension in the latter half of 2019 for an atypical finding.”
“During an investigation into the circumstances of the positive test, Ostovich-Berdon identified a supplement she had tried, which was analysed at the World Anti-Doping Agency-accredited laboratory in Salt Lake City,” the USADA said in a statement.
“Although ostarine and GW1516 were not listed on the supplement label, the analysis revealed that the product contained ostarine and GW1516, the substances for which Ostovich-Berdon tested positive.”
The product label listed another prohibited substance, but Ostovich did not realise at the time that it was prohibited.
Consistent with other cases with similar circumstances, USADA determined that a small reduction from the default two-year period of ineligibility was justified.
Latest twist in tumultuous year for Ostovich
Ostovich last fought in January 2019, when she fell to Paige VanZant.
She initially pulled out of that bout following a domestic violence incident at her home in Hawaii, but returned to “take a stand against domestic violence.”
“Although this is a very difficult time for me and my family, I felt that this fight in January was important,” Ostovich said at the time.
“I felt that it was extremely important for me to follow through with it — not only for me, but first for my daughter and other people that might be going through similar situations.”
Ostovich suffered a broken orbital bone - the bone around her eye - in an attack on November 18.
Her husband Arnold Berdon, a professional MMA fighter, was later arrested as a suspect in the attack, and the Honolulu police department said that a domestic violence incident had been opened.
According to KHON, Ostovich had filed a petition for a temporary restraining order, and has filed for divorce.
Berdon pleaded not guilty to a second-degree assault charge, and posted bail.
The 29-year-old Ostovich currently boasts a 4-5 overall record, with her last win coming against Karine Gevorgyan in 2017.