Michinori Tanaka Fails UFC Drug Test

The UFC traveled to Japan recently for an event in Saitama. As per regulations they had an independent drug testing lab test fighters on the card for banned substances. On Tuesday, the promotion announced that one fighter, Michinori Tanaka, tested positive for banned substances, and has been suspended for nine months.

Heres the statement that was released:

UFC bantamweight Michinori Tanaka tested positive for ephedrine and pseudoephedrine based on a pre-fight urine test administered prior to the event. Ephedrine and pseudoephedrine are stimulants banned in athletic competition pursuant to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code. Based on such results, UFC officials decided that Tanaka had violated his promotional agreement and the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy. Accepting the accuracy of the test result, Tanaka has admitted to taking over-the-counter allergy medication prior to the fight, likely causing the positive result, and acknowledges the illegal substances were in his system. Consequently, Tanaka agreed to a nine-month suspension from unarmed combat competition. He must pass a drug test at the conclusion of his suspension in order to return to competition. Tanaka will also forfeit his Fight of the Night bonus he earned at the event.

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