UFC heavyweight prospect Hamdy Abdelwahab receives 2-year suspension from USADA


UFC heavyweight prospect Hamdy Abdelwahab will be sidelined for the foreseeable future.

Abdelwahab, 30, has accepted a two-year suspension that stretches into the summer of 2024 for violations of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, USADA announced Friday.

The Egyptian heavyweight tested positive for the anabolic agent metenolone and its metabolite in two drug screenings in 2022 ahead of his UFC debut — an in-competition sample collected on July 30, and an out-of-competition sample collected on August 27. USADA said that the positive two samples were combined to create a single violation as Abdelwahab did not know of his failed first test when he collected his second sample.

Abdelwahab also received a tampering offense for not disclosing his prohibited substance use after he signed up to the UFC Anti-Doping Program.

Per a USADA Statement :

Upon being added to the UFC Anti-Doping Program, athletes are required to declare prohibited substances they have used in the previous 12 months and the failure to make such a declaration, absent a compelling justification, is considered a tampering violation under section 2.5. 2 of the Policy. Abdelwahab didn’t declare that he used methenolone in his onboarding declaration forms. He also did not provide any compelling reasons for not doing so. Based on USADA’s investigation, it was determined that Abdelwahab used the prohibited substance and knew of his obligation to declare it.

Abdelwahab (6-0) is the first Egyptian fighter to sign with the UFC. He defeated Don’Tale Mayes via split decision in his promotional debut on July 30 at UFC 277. He was then scheduled to take on Parker Porter at UFC 280, but he was later removed.

Abdelwahab’s case also falls under the jurisdiction of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR), which oversaw UFC 277, meaning he will likely face punishment from the TDLR as well.

Abdelwahab’s two-year suspension retroactive to July 2022. The suspension will expire in July 2024.

Source: https://www.mmafighting.com/2023/2/3/23584902/ufc-heavyweight-prospect-hamdy-abdelwahab-receives-2-year-suspension-from-usada?rand=96749