On Tuesday, USADA announced that Nicco Montano is one of four fighters to receive a six month suspension after testing positive for the banned substance ostarine.
Montano, who was crowned the flyweight champion after winning TUF 26, along with Sean O’ Malley, Marvin Vettori, and Augusto Mendes, accepted the sanction in what was deemed to be a contaminated supplement case.
USADA states that there was “no evidence of intentional use” in any of the four cases.
Montano’s test was collected from an out-of-competition sample on Oct. 25, 2018. Her six-month suspension is retroactive to the test date, this making her eligible to return on May 15.
Montano (4-2) last fought in December of 2017– defeating Roxanne Modafferi to claim the inaugural title.
She was scheduled to defend the title versus now-champion Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 228 last year, however, was deemed medically unfit to compete after a rough wright cut and was subsequently stripped of the title.
Per USADA’s new policy, failed tests are not announced by the agency until the investigation is fully over.
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