A former Invicta flyweight champion and current UFC flyweight contender is the latest fighter involved in a tainted supplement case.
USADA announced today that Brazil’s Jennifer Maia accepted a six-month sanction after testing positive for banned substances from a contaminated supplement.
Per the UFC, Maia tested positive for “furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide, chlorothiazide, and the thiazide metabolite 4-amino-6-chloro-1,3-benzenedisulfonamide (ACB), following an out-of-competition test conducted on August 16, 2018.”
Maia turned in two samples for collection to be tested. Further investigation revealed that no prohibited supplements were listed on the labels of the supplements Maia were taking, however, an analysis revealed that both samples contained the substance Maia was tested for.
UFC’s official statement on the incident reads; “Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, as well as the World Anti-Doping Code, the determination that an athlete’s positive test was caused by a contaminated product may result in a reduced sanction. The sanction for a doping offense resulting from the use of a contaminated product ranges from a reprimand and no period of ineligibility to a two-year period of ineligibility.”
Maia’s inelgibilty period began on the date the test was conducted– August 31, 2018. She hopes to return at UFC 237 in Curitiba, Brazil.
Speaking with MMA Fighting’s Guilherme Cruz on Tuesday, Maia detailed the process in which she found out about the failed test.
“They did this test a month after the fight and I was cool because I know I would never use anything illegal,” Maia said. “I was too swollen after the fight because I retain fluid, so I took capsules of natural tea. However, 20 days after the antidoping exam I received a letter informing me that I had used diuretics. I knew I never used anything, so I imagined it had to be the tea since the other supplements I used before the fight, the post-fight antidoping test came back clean.”
Proven innocent and that the supplement was actually contanimted, Maia revealed that the initial suspension was reduced from one year to six months.
“I suffered a lot during this whole process because I knew I never did anything wrong,” Maia said. “I’ve been tested since I joined Invicta more than five years ago and I never failed any test, and this test proved that the tea really was contaminated. The punishment for this failure would have been a year, so they reduced it to six months since I was able to prove it was contaminated.”