USADA announced today that Vince Murdock, of Sacramento, Calif., received a reduction in his suspension after presenting new evidence to USADA that indicates a decreased degree of fault for his violation of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy.
Murdock initially accepted a 20-month sanction in September of 2019 as the result of testing positive for GW1516 metabolites during an out-of-competition urine sample, which was his first test in the UFC Anti-Doping Program. Murdock did not declare the use of GW1516 on his onboarding declaration form, as required, but came forward with evidence of his use of this prohibited substance before entering the Program.
Recently, Murdock submitted new medical records regarding his diagnosis and treatment of Moyamoya, a rare neurological condition that can impact memory and cognition. These records allowed USADA to reevaluate Murdock’s degree of fault for his positive test and determine that it was appropriate to reduce his sanction from 20 months to 14 months.
Murdock’s original 20-month period of ineligibility began on July 6, 2019, the date his positive sample was collected. With the six-month reduction, Murdock’s period of ineligibility is now due to expire on September 6, 2020.
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