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UFC’s Lyman Good to get six-month USADA suspension for tainted product

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Lyman Good will be eligible to compete again in the Octagon later this month, per his lawyer.
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Lyman Good should be back to action this spring.

The UFC welterweight will receive a six-month suspension from USADA for testing positive for a banned substance that came from a tainted vitamin, Good’s lawyer David Fish told MMA Fighting on Saturday. Sources confirmed the attorney’s information.

Fish said the six-month ban will be retroactive to last Oct. 24, when his provisional suspension was announced. Good will be eligible to compete for the UFC again this month.

The lawyer would not say what banned substance was found in Good’s sample analysis until an official announcement was made by USADA.

Good, 31, was pulled from a bout with Belal Muhammad at UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden in New York when he failed the drug test in October. Good would have been the only Manhattan-born fighter on the card and it was a blow for him and his Tiger Schulmann’s team when he was forced off.

“USADA found that Lyman's October 2016 flagged urine specimen was the result of tainted vitamins and not the result of any intentional violation,” Fish said. “His competition ban will be lifted this month and he looks forward to returning to UFC competition. We never stopped believing that the truth would finally come out. He's a special person. This is great news, but will still never reverse the fact he missed UFC 205 and the damage to his reputation.”

USADA has yet to officially announce the sanction and it’s unclear when that will happen. When reached by MMA Fighting on Saturday, USADA spokesperson Ryan Madden said the agency could not comment on an on-going case.

A six-month suspension is in line with what previous UFC fighters have gotten for testing positive for prohibited substances that came from tainted supplements, like Yoel Romero and Tim Means in 2016.

Good (19-3, 1 NC) became the first-ever Bellator welterweight champion when he won the belt in 2009. The Harlem native has won three straight bouts, is unbeaten in his last six fights, and has not lost since 2012.

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