Khalil Rountree Jr. Suspended 2 Months For Doping Violation, Faces Possible Additional Penalty In Nevada

Photo: Instagram/Khalil Rountree Jr.

Khalil Rountree Jr. has been suspended for two months after self-reporting a violation of the UFC’s anti-doping policy. This suspension will prevent him from competing at UFC 303.

The UFC announced on Wednesday that Rountree accepted the two-month sanction, which is retroactive to May 4. Rountree reported that he had taken a supplement containing a banned substance, DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone), which is prohibited for athletes at all times.

Rountree released a statement admitting to accidentally ingesting DHEA through a supplement. He informed the UFC, leading to his temporary suspension and removal from his June 29 fight against Jamahal Hill.

Photo: Instagram/Khalil Rountree Jr.

After his report, Rountree was tested, and his sample came back positive for DHEA metabolites. The UFC provided evidence showing that Rountree received the supplement on May 2, just two days before his positive test. The supplement was sent by mistake, and Rountree immediately notified the UFC when he realized the error.

The UFC’s anti-doping program, CSAD, worked with SMRTL, a testing lab, and confirmed that Rountree’s short-term use of DHEA didn’t offer significant performance benefits. Based on this, CSAD reduced Rountree’s suspension to two months.

Rountree’s suspension is retroactive to May 4, meaning he will be eligible to compete again after July 4, missing UFC 303 by just a few days.

Additionally, Rountree might face further sanctions from the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC), as his fight was scheduled in Las Vegas. The NAC will decide if additional penalties, such as a longer suspension or fines, are necessary at a future meeting.

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Source: MMA Fighting 


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