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UFC’s Lyman Good suing supplement companies, claiming tainted products caused positive USADA drug test

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Lyman Good said he never took performance-enhancing drugs, and USADA co-signed that his 2016 positive drug test came from tainted supplements. Now, Good wants to take the companies that manufactured those products to court.

In two separate lawsuits filed Thursday, Good is asking for damages from multiple supplement companies for a host of claims, including breach of express warranty (or sales contract), deceptive acts and practices, false advertising, and assault and battery, according to the written complaints by Good’s attorney David M. Fish and obtained by MMA Fighting.

TMZ was the first to report the news.

In one complaint, the defendants are listed as Gaspari Nutrition, Richard Gaspari, Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, Jared Wheat and Vitamin Shoppe. In the other, the defendants are Millennium Sport Technologies and Matthew Masuda.

Good, a UFC welterweight, tested positive for the prohibited substance 1-androstenedione stemming from an out-of-competition sample taken in October 2016. He was provisionally suspended at the time and pulled from a fight with Belal Muhammad at UFC 205 in November 2016 at Madison Square Garden.

Back in April, USADA announced that Good had accepted a six-month suspension, a reduced sanction, because, upon investigation, USADA found that Good had likely ingested the banned substance from contaminated supplements. Androstenedione is considered an anabolic agent by USADA and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which typically carries a two-year suspension.

In the complaint naming Gaspari Nutrition, Fish writes that Good took the Gaspari product Anavite and both USADA and the lab LGC Science found that it contained androstenedione, which is not on the label and considered a drug by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Gaspari was sued by ThermoLife in 2012 for allegedly including steroids in “dietary supplements.” Wheat, the owner of Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, became co-owner of Gaspari last year.

“Defendants initiated and have continued this fraudulent scheme of adulteration and steroid distribution despite prior and ongoing lawsuits against them for similar conduct, as they appear to believe that this scheme is still profitable,” Fish wrote in the complaint. “For this reason, Plaintiff seeks injunctions and punitive damages to punish and deter the repeated, unlawful behavior of Defendants.”

Vitamin Shoppe is named because the company “knows that adulteration pervades dietary supplements and consciously disregards the adulteration of Anavite, yet distributes and delivers Anavite to trusting customers.”

In the complaint naming Millennium, Fish writes that Good took the company’s product Cordygen-VO2 ULTRA and it contained androstenedione, per testing by USADA and LGC Science. Millennium advertises that their products are made without “banned substances.”

“These representations are false or misleading because Cordygen-VO2 ULTRA contains 1-androstenedione (“1-andro”), which is not disclosed on the label and is prohibited for use by certain mixed martial arts (“MMA”) atheltes,” the complaint states.

Requests for comment sent Gaspari Nutrition and Millennium Sport Technologies were not immediately returned Thursday.

Good, 32, returned from his suspension at UFC on FOX 25 in July, falling by split decision to Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos. Good and dos Santos each won $50,000 bonuses for Fight of the Night for their performances. Good, a New York native, was the first-ever Bellator welterweight champion, winning the promotion’s season one tournament in 2009.