In a setback for Ovince Saint Preux, the fighter has accepted a six-month suspension by USADA for his second violation, testing positive for a prohibited substance. The substance in question is 3α-hydroxy-5α-androst-1-en-17-one, detected in out-of-competition urine samples collected on June 17, 2023, and July 11, 2023.
Remarkably, USADA's investigation revealed that Saint Preux had unknowingly ingested a tainted supplement, a fact supported by a product analysis. Despite this revelation, a suspension was handed down, with Saint Preux eligible to return to action on December 17, 2023.
This isn't the first time Saint Preux has faced a USADA-related issue; he previously tested positive due to a contaminated supplement in 2019, resulting in a three-month suspension.
Despite these setbacks, Saint Preux has had an illustrious career in the UFC since 2013, amassing a record of 14-12 inside the Octagon. Notably, he holds victories over prominent fighters like Shogun Rua, Corey Anderson, Tyson Pedro, Nikita Krylov, and Alonzo Menifield.
While his return date remains uncertain, Saint Preux's resilience and determination are unquestionable. As he serves his suspension, the question lingers about when and who he'll face next. However, given the UFC's usual December break, Saint Preux is likely to make his comeback in 2024 at the earliest. UFC fans can eagerly anticipate his return to the octagon, as he continues his journey in the world of mixed martial arts.