The Daniel Rodriguez vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio fight has been canceled due to Rodriguez’s positive drug test for Ostarine. Rodriguez denies intentional use and suspects a tainted supplement. Read more for updates on this developing case.
Daniel Rodriguez vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio Fight Canceled
The highly anticipated showdown between Daniel Rodriguez and Santiago Ponzinibbio has been canceled after Rodriguez tested positive for Ostarine during an out-of-competition drug test. Rodriguez, also known as ‘D-Rod,’ denies any intentional use of the banned substance and suggests that he may have unknowingly consumed a tainted supplement.
In a statement on social media, Rodriguez expressed his disappointment and emphasized his commitment to natural methods of caring for his body. He highlighted his clean record of negative tests throughout his career and attributed the positive result to a low-level contaminant commonly found in certain dietary supplements.
Rodriguez is actively working with his manager, USADA, and the UFC to review and test the supplements he took prior to the test. While he is unable to fight on September 16th as originally scheduled, he remains determined to find a definitive explanation for the positive test and is fully cooperating with USADA.
The fight between Rodriguez and Ponzinibbio was set to take place on the main card of Noche UFC at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is uncertain whether Ponzinibbio will remain on the card against a new opponent.
USADA will be conducting an investigation into Rodriguez’s case, and he may need to appear before the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) to regain his license to fight. Updates on this ongoing situation are expected in the coming weeks.