UFC Fighter Suspended for 18 Months for Violating UFC Anti-Doping Policy

Published 06/17/2021, 1:21 PM EDT


The USADA recently announced that UFC fighter Erik Koch will face an 18-month sanction after violating the UFC’s Anti-Doping policy. Koch had submitted a sample last October which tested positive. The full statement released by the USADA was as follows.

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“USADA announced today that Erik Koch, of Cedar Rapids, Wisc., has accepted an 18-month sanction for a violation of the UFC® Anti-Doping Policy (UFC ADP).”

“Koch, 32, tested positive for 3′-hydroxy-stanozolol, a metabolite of stanozolol. As the result of a urine sample collected on October 3, 2020. Stanozolol is a non-Specified Substance in the class of Anabolic Agents and prohibited at all times under the UFC ADP and UFC Prohibited List.”

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“Koch received a six-month reduction to the default two-year sanction. Based on his Full and Complete Cooperation (FCC) based on the unique circumstances of his case. Under the UFC ADP, USADA may grant an FCC reduction in the event an athlete demonstrates that they did not intend to enhance their performance and provided full, prompt, and truthful responses and information to all reasonable inquiries and requests for information.”

“His 18-month period of ineligibility began on October 3, 2020, the date his positive sample was collected.”

USADA conducts a year-round, independent anti-doping program for all UFC athletes. This means that Koch cannot compete in the UFC till April 3, 2022.

What does this mean for Erik Koch and his UFC future?

Erik Koch last competed in the UFC at the UFC 240 event against Kyle Stewart. That fight was Koch’s welterweight debut, and he won it via a unanimous decision. This was the third division in which ‘New Breed’ competed as he has earlier fought in the Featherweight and Lightweight division.

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Koch has a decent professional MMA record of (16-6) and as he is 32 years old could make a comeback in 2022. However, the biggest thing that might stand in the fighter’s way is the time he will spend away from the cage.

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What the future holds for Koch is uncertain. However, the thing that is sure is that the fighter won’t be able to compete till April 2022.

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Paras Pande is a UFC author at EssentiallySports who is pursuing his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication. An ardent follower of the UFC, he has been covering the sport for 2 years now. Before joining the team at EssentiallySports, Paras gained expertise as an MMA writer whilst working with Sportskeeda.

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