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Two UFC Fighters Suspended by NAC for Doping Violations

UFC fighters Walt Harris and Daniel Rodriguez have been hit with suspensions from the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) for testing positive for banned substances. Both fighters are veterans of the UFC who have had their ups and downs in their careers, but this is a major setback for them.

According to MMA Junkie, Harris and Rodriguez were tested out of competition on June 24, 2023, and the results came back positive for drostanalone and its metabolites. Drostanalone is an anabolic steroid that enhances performance and muscle mass.

The NAC official who informed MMA Junkie of the suspensions said that Harris received a one-year suspension and a $392.60 legal fee fine, while Rodriguez received a six-month suspension and a $157.04 legal fee fine. Since the tests were out of competition, there were no purse fines involved.

Harris will be able to return to action on June 24, 2024, while Rodriguez will be able to return on Jan. 28, 2024.

It is unclear how the UFC will react to these suspensions and what consequences they will have for the fighters’ careers. Harris will be 41 years old when his suspension ends, while Rodriguez will be 37 years old. Both fighters may face difficulties in finding opponents or getting opportunities in the UFC.

Harris and Rodriguez have not commented on their suspensions yet.


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