Grant Dawson is free to resume his MMA career.
The 24-year-old featherweight saw his USADA case officially dismissed by the organization according to a UFC statement released Tuesday. Dawson was flagged by the agency in November of last year and has been ineligible to compete during course of the investigation.
Per the statement, Dawson’s case was dismissed based on the “likelihood that the ingestion of the prohibited substance occurred prior to Grant coming under the UFC Anti-Doping Program.”
The case could not have come at a worse time for Dawson, who was fresh off of a second-round submission win over Adrian Diaz on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series. That performance earned him a UFC contract.
See the full statement from the UFC below:
UFC was informed by USADA that Grant Dawson received a dismissal of his potential anti-doping policy violation that was first reported in November 2017.
This dismissal was based on the likelihood that the ingestion of the prohibited substance occurred prior to Grant coming under the UFC Anti-Doping Program. We understand that Grant was cooperative throughout USADA’s investigation.
Today’s dismissal of Grant’s case reinforces UFC’s recent decision to resolve potential anti-doping policy violations before making them public. We wish Grant the best in his fighting career, whether that be here with UFC or elsewhere.
Last Friday, Grant released his own statement via Instagram announcing that his charges had been dropped: