USADA announced on Tuesday that it had cleared a UFC fighter following his failed PED test.
According to a statement released by USADA, Ning Guangyou had tested positive for a prohibited substance, which they later determined to have been ingested by him without fault or negligence.
Guangyou was flagged for trace amounts of clenbuterol as the result of an out-of-competition test conducted on May 19, 2016.
The statement reads:
Consistent with numerous prior reported cases globally, the issue of illicit administration of clenbuterol to animals destined for food production can result in, under specific conditions, a positive sample from an athlete. WADA has issued specific warnings about this problem in China and Mexico. To USADA’s knowledge, due to strict regulatory and meat certification practices, a clenbuterol positive athlete sample has never been reported after consumption of meat produced in the U.S.
Guangyou is a UFC fighter based in China. He is currently 2-1 in the promotion, having lost his last fight to Marco Beltran in November 2015. He is 5-3-1 overall in his professional career.
Following various tests, USADA was able to determine that the test resulted in his consumption of tainted meat in China. As a result he will receive no punishment.
The UFC also released a statement which said that due to the testing process they had moved Guangyou's scheduled UFC bout with Marlon Vera at UFC 202 to UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Condit.