Ryan Garcia’s Supplements Tested Positive for Ostarine

“Ryan was a victim of contamination.” - Team Ryan

Ryan Garcia may indeed have been a victim of tainted supplements.

In a statement sent to MMA Fighting, Garcia’s legal team announced that samples of two supplements declared for the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) ahead of Garcia’s bout against Devin Haney tested positive for ostarine contamination. This development supports Garcia’s claims that he unknowingly ingested the banned substance following the biggest win of his professional boxing career.

Contaminated Supplements Confirmed

Garcia’s team presented lab results from the Sports Medicine Research & Testing Laboratory (SMRTL), showing ostarine levels between 70-2200 picograms per gram in one supplement and approximately 660-830 picograms per gram in another. The team stated:

“This confirms what we have consistently maintained: Ryan was a victim of supplement contamination and has never intentionally used any banned or performance-enhancing substances. Any claims to the contrary, questioning Ryan’s integrity as a clean fighter, are unequivocally false and defamatory.”


Defense and Reaction

Ryan Garcia, 25, tested positive for ostarine in two VADA drug tests related to his April 20 bout against Haney, failing a pre-fight urine test on April 19 and a post-fight test on April 20. Throughout his career, Garcia has voluntarily submitted to numerous tests, all returning negative results, underscoring his commitment to fair competition. Several negative tests leading up to his fight against Haney further affirm his clean record.

Garcia defeated Haney in a decisive match, knocking down the former WBC champ three times en route to a decision win. Despite his victory, Haney’s team is pushing for the bout’s result to be overturned. They seek to change Garcia’s win to a disqualification or a no-contest due to the positive drug tests.

Legal and Future Implications

Garcia’s legal team announced a press conference for early June to provide more insights and answer questions. The boxer could face a fine, suspension, and the potential overturning of his victory unless he is deemed innocent of any wrongdoing.

What is Ostarine and what are its effects and side effects?

Ostarine, also known as enobosarm, is a selective androgen receptor modulator (SARM). It is designed to mimic the effects of anabolic steroids but with fewer side effects. SARMs like Ostarine bind to androgen receptors in the body, which can increase muscle mass and strength without affecting other tissues as strongly as traditional steroids.

Effects of Ostarine:

  • Muscle Building: Ostarine is primarily used to increase muscle mass and strength, making it popular among athletes and bodybuilders.
  • Improved Endurance: It can also contribute to improved endurance and physical performance.
  • Muscle Preservation: Ostarine is sometimes used to prevent muscle loss during calorie deficits or in the treatment of muscle atrophy.

Side Effects of Ostarine:

  • Hormonal Changes: Use of Ostarine can lead to decreased natural testosterone production, which may require post-cycle therapy to restore hormonal balance.
  • Liver Impact: There is a risk of liver toxicity with long-term use or high doses.
  • Cardiovascular Risks: Like many other performance-enhancing drugs, there can be increased risks of heart and vascular problems.
  • Other Side Effects: Possible other side effects include acne, hair loss, and mood swings.

Ostarine is banned by many sports organizations, including the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), and its use in sports can lead to suspensions and other penalties.

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