UFC middleweight Marvin Vettori announces potential USADA violation

Marvin Vettori

UFC middleweight Marvin Vettori has announced that he’s currently facing a potential United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) violation. The Italian fighter, who trains at Kings MMA in California, made this announcement on his official Facebook page, explaining that the failed test in question was administered on August 6 (h/t Tudor Leonte of Sherdog).

ITA: Ciao ragazzi, in molti mi chiedete ogni giorno del mio prossimo incontro quindi mi è sembrato giusto fare questo video per raccontarvi la situazione, una situazione non facile ma che non mi fermerà.È giusto che sappiate da me cosa è successo, che sia io a raccontarvi quello che è accaduto nel modo più trasparente possibile.Al settimo test USADA sono risultato positivo per una quantità bassissima di ostarina, da agosto sono in attesa di notizie definitive e non è ancora uscito nessun comunicato ufficiale perché la nuova policy dell'USADA prevede di non dire nulla fino alla conferma di tutti i test visti i molti casi di contaminazione o accidentali, come il mio.Dall'inizio della mia carriera sono sempre stato un fighter pulito, non ho mai assunto intenzionalmente qualcosa che potesse favorire le mie prestazioni all'interno della gabbia perché sono convinto che i risultati siano frutto solo di sacrificio, dedizione sangue e sudore.Questo è solo un piccolo stop sulla strada per raggiungere quello che mi sono prefissato.Appena mi sarà consentito di tornare in gabbia lo farò come sempre al massimo e con un solo obiettivo in testa.Ringrazio Jeff Notivky per avermi aiutato nel capire i passaggi di questo processo con l’USADA e ringrazio l’USADA per tenere il nostro sport pulito.Ringrazio il mio team e tutti voi che ogni giorno mi seguite.Non ho mai smesso di allenarmi e non lo farò mai, l’obiettivo rimane sempre lo stesso.EN: Hi guys, many of you are asking me everyday when my next fight is going to be, so I thought to do this video to explain you the current situation.It is right that you know from me what happened, that I can tell you what happened in the most straightforward way possible.At the seventh USADA test, I was found positive for a very low trace of ostarine, and since August Im still in the middle of the process of it and I’m waiting for final news.No official press release has yet been done, because the new USADA policy is to say nothing until the confirmation of all the tests, given the many cases of contamination or accidental, like mine.Since the beginning of my career I have always been a clean fighter, I have never intentionally assumed anything that could favor my performances inside the cage because I am convinced that the results are the result of sacrifice, dedication, blood and sweat.This is just a small stop on the way to achieve what I have set.As soon as I will be allowed to return to the cage, I will do it as always at my best and with only one goal in mind.I thank Jeff Notivky for helping me understand the steps in this process with the USADA and I thank the USADA for keeping our sport clean.I thank my team and all of you who follow me everyday.I have never stopped training and I will never do it, the goal remains the same.

Posted by Marvin Vettori on Sunday, October 28, 2018

“Hi guys, many of you are asking me everyday when my next fight is going to be, so I thought to do this video to explain you the current situation,” Marvin Vettori said on Facebook. “It is right that you know from me what happened, that I can tell you what happened in the most straightforward way possible. At the seventh USADA test [of the year], I was found positive for a very low trace of ostarine, and since August Im still in the middle of the process of it and I’m waiting for final news. No official press release has yet been done, because the new USADA policy is to say nothing until the confirmation of all the tests, given the many cases of contamination or accidental, like mine.

“Since the beginning of my career I have always been a clean fighter, I have never intentionally assumed anything that could favor my performances inside the cage because I am convinced that the results are the result of sacrifice, dedication, blood and sweat. This is just a small stop on the way to achieve what I have set. As soon as I will be allowed to return to the cage, I will do it as always at my best and with only one goal in mind.
I thank Jeff Novitzky for helping me understand the steps in this process with the USADA and I thank the USADA for keeping our sport clean. I thank my team and all of you who follow me everyday. I have never stopped training and I will never do it, the goal remains the same.”

As Marvin Vettori explains, USADA recently changed its policy with respect to failed tests. The agency used to announce all potential violations, but under this new policy, the agency holds off on announcements until intentional banned substance used is confirmed.

Given this change, it is now up to the fighter to decide whether or not they want to announce potential violations. Because they cannot fight during these USADA investigations, and fans tend to notice their prolonged layoffs, several fighters such as Marvin Vettori and Sean O’Malley have chosen to be forthright and honest.

Marvin Vettori last fought in July, when he gave up a decision to Israel Adesanya.

This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 10/29/2018.