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UFC's Amanda Ribas says it ‘hurt so bad’ to accept two-year USADA suspension

Amanda Ribas will be eligible to make her UFC debut on June 7, 2019.
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Amanda Ribas accepted a two-year USADA suspension after failing an out-of-competition drug test ahead of her UFC debut, but that doesn’t mean she admits she did it.

The Brazilian strawweight, who was matched up against Juliana Lima at the TUF 25 Finale card in July 2017 when she tested positive for ostarine, spoke with MMA Fighting a day after the 24-month suspension was officially announced by USADA.

Ribas requested her supplements and medicine to be tested by the anti-doping agency after the illegal substance was found in one of her tests, and the result surprised her.

“(USADA) requested everything that I was taking, all my supplements and medicine, because I was sick,” Ribas said. “They investigated if there was ostarine there, but it came back positive for other substance in the supplements, clenbuterol.

"(USADA said) that this result didn’t help me that much because I didn’t find ostarine.”

UFC fighters Ning Guangyou, Brandon Moreno, Li Jingliang and Augusto Montano have all tested positive for clenbuterol over the past couple of year, but USADA didn’t sanction any of them because they have all fallen victim to clenbuterol-tainted meat.

On her social media, Ribas said that she felt “humiliated” for “paying for something I didn’t do,” and said that her positive test shows the low standards of the supplement market.

Ribas, who racked up a 6-1 professional record fighting in Brazil since 2014, was drug tested in her most recent win, when she captured the Max Fight 115-pound title in May 2016, and says that signing the USADA documents to agree to the two-year sanction was tough.

”It hurt so bad to sign it,” she said. “It took me a while, but I knew there was no way to prove my innocence. I spoke with my manager and family and we decided to sign it.”

The Brazilian talent won’t reveal how much she spent in tests to prove her innocence, but it wasn’t cheap. “In fact, it was really expensive,” she said.

Ribas will be eligible to make her UFC debut on June 7, 2019, and plans on staying active in other kinds of competition for the next 17 months.

”I might compete at the EBI (Eddie Bravo Invitational) in Las Vegas in May,” she said. “I’m training hard. We can’t stop, I have to be active while I wait for (the suspension) to be over.”

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