Justin Ledet has been suspended four months by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency after testing positive for a contaminated supplement earlier this year.
The 28-year-old UFC heavyweight tested positive for 5α-androst-1-ene-3α-ol-17-one, a metabolite of 1-testosterone and 1-androstenedione, following an out-of-competition test conducted on Jan. 12.
“Following notification of his positive test, Ledet provided USADA with an open container of a dietary supplement product he was using at the time of the relevant sample collection, which he had also declared on his sample collection paperwork and researched before using,” the USADA statement read. “Although no prohibited substances were listed on the supplement label, preliminary testing conducted on the contents of the open container indicated that it contained the anabolic agent 1-androstenedione. The presence of an undisclosed prohibited substance in a product is regarded as contamination.
“Thereafter, at USADA’s request, the WADA-accredited laboratory in Salt Lake City, Utah, analyzed the contents of an independently sourced, unopened container with the identical lot number of the supplement in question. That testing conclusively confirmed that the supplement Ledet was using at the time of his positive test was contaminated with 1-androstenedione.”
Ledet’s sanction is retroactive to Feb. 1, when he was initially provisionally suspended for the positive test. He will be eligible to return to active competition on June 1. He was supposed to compete at UFC Fight Night 104 earlier this year but was removed from the card. The Houston native began his Octagon tenure with a decision triumph over Chase Sherman at UFC Night Night 92 and a first-round submission of Mark Godbeer at UFC Fight Night 99.