UFC flyweight, Rachael Ostovich, finally got done with her USADA suspension. The 29-year-old fighter had submitted an out-of-competition sample which came back positive for ostarine. Although USADA deemed the violation as ‘not intentional’, Ostovich still had to serve an 8-month suspension.
Ostovich will now face Gina Mazany this weekend on the Derrick Lewis vs Curtis Blaydes card. She sat down with MMA media ahead of the fight, who quizzed her on her USADA experience.
“Honestly, the whole USADA situation is behind me,” Ostovich said. “I’ve put it in my past. I forgot about it because when it happened, honestly I was caught by major surprise. I’m a panic girl you know, I hardly even take supplements period so it just didn’t make sense to me.”
When asked how she had to deal with the consequences of being suspended, Rachael replied, “I just had to roll with it and just keep being positive and keep jumping those hurdles of these fights. I thank the fans and my family for still supporting me and being on my side, regardless.”
Ostovich does feel that these regulations without proper cause result in fighters getting a bad name.
She continued, “As far as you know with USADA, I get a lot of negative comments from people. I feel like a lot of people aren’t educated with the supplement industry on how they are not regulated.
“I feel that if people were more aware of how things work with the supplement industry and with USADA, there would be a better understanding. Even for me, I take responsibility at the end of the day and I’m more aware. I look at everything now.”
When asked if she knew what supplement caused her positive test, Ostovich replied, “I don’t know. You send them whatever you might have taken or ingested or what you may have eaten.
“They make you jot down like your food diary. What did you eat from this and to go back and think maybe two months ago what did I eat on this day, it’s almost impossible.”
The whole experience has left Ostovich with a bad taste. She concluded, “I’m not a fan at all of the whole thing. I do appreciate that they keep the fighters safe and there’s no steroid use, but there are fine lines where they need to make some changes too.”
Ostovich is coming off back-to-back losses against Paige VanZant and Montana De La Rosa. She will now look to get back to winning ways and put the whole USADA ordeal behind her.
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