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Two UFC fighters temporarily suspended for failed drug tests



UFC bantamweight Kyler Phillips and lightweight fighter Darrius Flowers have been temporarily banned from competition by the NSAC for testing positive for ostarine.

UFC fighters Kyler Phillips and Darrius Flowers have both been temporarily suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for failed drug tests.

NSAC handed out the bans during its monthly commission meeting earlier this week. Both fighters tested positive for ostarine, a selective androgen receptor modulator (SARM), and are expected to get their formal suspensions determined during official disciplinary hearings in the coming months.

Has yet to make his UFC debut

One of the fighters, Darrius Flowers, hasn’t even made his UFC debut yet. He was awarded a contract after causing finishing Amiran Gogoladze’s with a shoulder-crushing slam in Dana White’s Contender Series last August.

Flowers, a lightweight with an 12-5-1 pro record, was then supposed to face Erick Gonzalez in his UFC debut last month before being forced to withdraw from that bout due to testing positive.

Rising bantamweight prospect

As for Kyler Phillips, he’s considered a solid prospect at bantamweight. He’s 4-1 in the UFC, 10-2 in MMA and holds a unanimous decision win against No. 8 ranked Yadong Song among others.

After losing a majority decision to Raulian Paiva, Philips is currently is now coming off a triangle-armbar win against Marcelo Rojo. He was booked to take on seasoned veteran Raphael Assuncao earlier this month, but was forced out and replaced by Davey Grant as he failed his drug test.

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