Daniel Rodriguez has announced that he has tested positive for a banned substance and as a result, he won’t be able to participate in the upcoming UFC fight against Santiago Ponzinibbio on September 16 in Las Vegas.
In an Instagram post, Rodriguez confirmed that he had tested positive for ostarine, which is a prohibited performance-enhancing drug. He mentioned that the positive sample contained a very low amount of the banned substance. Ostarine is a type of selective androgen receptor modulator (SARM) that is banned at all times. Despite the positive result, Rodriguez denied intentionally taking ostarine and believed that a contaminated supplement might be the cause of the low-level positive result. He expressed his intention to work closely with his manager, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), and the UFC to review and test the supplements he had taken prior to the drug test.
Rodriguez’s recent performance in the octagon has not been favorable, with a loss to Ian Machado Garry and a previous loss to Neil Magny. His overall record in the octagon stands at 7-3.
At this point, it remains uncertain whether Santiago Ponzinibbio will have a replacement opponent for the scheduled event. Rodriguez’s statement indicates his disappointment in missing the fight and his commitment to cooperating with USADA to uncover the source of the positive test. He emphasized that he will be more cautious in selecting supplements and will ensure they are third-party approved in the future.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Positive drug test
What was the reason for Daniel Rodriguez’s withdrawal from the UFC fight?
Daniel Rodriguez withdrew from the UFC fight against Santiago Ponzinibbio due to a positive drug test result.
What substance did Daniel Rodriguez test positive for?
Daniel Rodriguez tested positive for ostarine, a banned performance-enhancing drug.
Did Daniel Rodriguez admit to knowingly taking the banned substance?
No, Daniel Rodriguez denied knowingly ingesting ostarine and believed that a contaminated supplement might have led to the positive test result.
How did Daniel Rodriguez address the situation?
Daniel Rodriguez released a statement on Instagram confirming the positive test result and expressing his belief that the low-level positive was due to a contaminated supplement. He also mentioned working with his manager, the USADA, and the UFC to review and test the supplements he took.
What is ostarine, and why is it banned?
Ostarine is a selective androgen receptor modulator (SARM) that is banned by anti-doping agencies like the USADA due to its potential performance-enhancing effects.
What is USADA’s role in this situation?
The USADA administers the UFC’s anti-doping program and typically confirms positive tests if athletes disclose them publicly. In this case, they could not be immediately reached for comment on Daniel Rodriguez’s situation.
What is Daniel Rodriguez’s fighting record?
Daniel Rodriguez has an overall record of 7 wins and 3 losses in the octagon. His most recent fights include a loss to Ian Machado Garry and a previous stoppage loss to Neil Magny.
Will there be a replacement opponent for Santiago Ponzinibbio in the upcoming fight?
As of now, it’s unclear whether Santiago Ponzinibbio will have a replacement opponent for the scheduled fight following Daniel Rodriguez’s withdrawal.
How does Daniel Rodriguez plan to prevent similar incidents in the future?
Daniel Rodriguez expressed his intention to be more selective with the supplements he takes and ensure that they are third-party approved to avoid any contamination issues.