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Rob Font Cleared by USADA After “False Positive” Drug Test

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Rob Font has been cleared by the USADA of any wrongdoing and will not be sanctioned.
Font tested positive for the banned substance 4-CPA during an in-competition drug test taken at UFC FIght Night 188.
The 34-year old defeated former UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt at UFC Fight Night 188.

UFC bantamweight contender Rob Font has been cleared by the USADA of any wrongdoing after a “false positive” test last May.

With the ruling, Font will not be suspended or fined by the USADA. However, he remains on the agenda of the Nevada Athletic Commission for next week’s meeting for action. The NAC temporarily suspended Font after the adverse result of his urine sample. The Commission is said to be awaiting approval from Sports Medicine Research and Technology Laboratory (SMRTL), the laboratory it uses for its drug test.

In a letter to Font, the USADA said:

“Based on the foregoing (evidence), USADA is satisfied that product(s) you were using (prior to your sample collection) which contained chlorphensin as an ingredient was the cause of your positive test. Therefore, because USADA has concluded that your positive test was caused by a non-prohibited substance, the matter will be closed out as no violation.”/span>

False Positive Test Due to Skin Cream

Rob Font gets all clear from USADA after false drug test failure due to skin cream https://t.co/RZ4yNJ9PcI

— Bloody Elbow (@BloodyElbow) July 2, 2021

Font tested positive for 4-chlorophenoxyacetic acid ( 4-CPA) from an in-competition drug test conducted on May 22, the night Font defeated former bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 188.

However, further investigation by the USADA revealed that chlorphenesin, a non-prohibited cosmetic preservative, was a common ingredient found in shampoos and lotions used by athletes who recently returned adverse findings for 4-CPA. In Font’s case, it was determined to be on the skin cream he used.

Additional studies by the USADA and other WADA-accredited laboratories also found out that chlorphenesin can metabolize into 4-CPA which means that the latter can come from substances other than the prohibited meclofenoxate.

Font Beats Garbrandt

At the age of 20, while working as a pizza delivery driver, Rob Font (-124) delivered a pizza to a group of people training jiu-jitsu and started his MMA journey.

13 years later, he beats former UFC Bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt.pic.twitter.com/Gh7WPLWDWQ

— Covers (@Covers) May 23, 2021

13 years after getting hooked to MMA after delivering pizza to a group of people training in jiu-jitsu, Rob Font defeated former UFC bantamweight champion Cody Gabrandt at UFC FIght Night 188 last May to move up to no. 3 in the official UFC bantamweight rankings. However, instead of getting a title shot or a fight that would lead to it, he was suspended by the NAC after he was flagged by the USADA for a failed drug test.

A former CES MMA featherweight champion, Font joined the UFC in 2014. He won just five out his first eight UFC bouts but after losing to Raphael Assuncao at UFC 226 in 2018, Font has won four straight bouts again Sergio Pettis, Ricky Simon, Marlon Moraes, and Garbrandt. He has a record of 19-4 with eight knockouts and four submission wins.

With current champion Aljamain Sterling set to face ex-champ Petr Yan, and possibly Cory Sandhagen or T.J. Dillashaw getting the next crack, Font will get back in the bantamweight title picture once the NAC clears him.