Walt Harris Receives Four-Year Suspension for Anti-Doping Violations

Walt Harris is in a bit of a pickle. He’s been sidelined from the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) until 2027. Why, you ask? Well, he got caught with his hand in the cookie jar, testing positive for not one, but multiple banned substances.

Here’s the scoop. Harris (sporting a 13-10 record) was found with anabolic steroids drostanolone and testosterone in his system. But wait, there’s more. He also had an aromatase inhibitor called anastrozole tagging along. These unwelcome guests showed up in tests on June 24 and July 12. And, despite a heads-up about these findings, Harris’ sample from August 6 still had anastrozole partying with the previous steroids.

So, who’s the new sheriff in town handling the UFC’s drug tests? That’d be Combat Sports Anti-Doping (CSAD). They’ve taken the baton from the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). And they didn’t waste any time laying down the law. Harris got slapped with a four-year ban, which the UFC announced with a bit of a heavy heart on Wednesday. The ban’s clock started ticking from July 11, right when Harris got wind of his provisional suspension due to that first failed test.

Oh, and about that fight with Josh Parisian scheduled for July 15? Yeah, didn’t happen. Harris blamed tainted supplements for his predicament. Interestingly, this bout was supposed to go down in Nevada. The Nevada Athletic Commission, not one to take things lightly, had already handed Harris a one-year timeout and a fine. Talk about a tough break, huh?

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