Vindication? Amanda Ribas' 2-Year Suspension Overturned After Serving 23 Months

By Jay Pettry May 3, 2019


Prospective Ultimate Fighting Championship strawweight Amanda Ribas will be back in action a month earlier than she expected.

According to USADA on Friday, Ribas will have her two-year suspension terminated effective immediately after testing positive for ostarine in June 2017. Her suspension was originally slated to end on June 7 of this year.

Ribas was originally slated to make her UFC debut against Juliana Lima at "The Ultimate Fighter" 25 Finale in July 2017, but she was pulled from the bout due to the USADA violation. After the positive test, she put out a statement claiming her innocence.

Ribas is one of many UFC fighters to recently have their suspensions for ostarine lifted or reduced, including Nicco Montano and Sean O'Malley. In all of these cases, USADA determined that these fighters tested positive due to contaminated supplements. For Ribas, however, USADA and Ribas were not able to determine which supplements were in fact contaminated, but believed it was likely she tested positive due to a "contaminated dietary supplement product."

USADA's statement regarding Ribas is as follows:

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced today that an athlete in the UFC® Anti-Doping Program, Amanda Ribas, of Minas Gerais, Brazil, is entitled to a reduction in her original two-year suspension. Ribas’ period of ineligibility has been terminated, effective immediately. Ribas, 24, tested positive for ostarine following an out-of-competition urine test conducted on June 7, 2017. Ostarine is a non-Specified Substance in the class of Anabolic Agents and prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.

The termination of Ribas’ sanction reflects USADA’s recognition of the demonstrated prevalence of ostarine in a wide range of supplement products used by athletes (see USADA High Risk List for more than 70 products) and that ostarine has frequently been found as a product contaminant. The trace amounts of ostarine found in Ribas’ sample was made possible by sensitive laboratory detection capabilities and has been followed by four negative tests. As Ribas was unable to identify the source of her positive test, and taking into consideration the likelihood that her positive test was the result of an ostarine contaminated dietary supplement product, USADA believes it is fair to allow Ribas to return to competition after serving the majority of her two-year sanction.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission also sanctioned Ribas for two years, and USADA has informed the Commission of its decision to reduce Ribas’ sanction under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy.

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