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Ian McCall granted retroactive therapeutic exemption by USADA after UFC 208 IV use

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Ian McCall is just the second fighter in the history of the UFC-U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) partnership to be granted a retroactive therapeutic use exemption (TUE).

McCall (13-4-1 MMA, 2-3-1 UFC), who was supposed to fight Jared Brooks in a flyweight bout at UFC 208 in February, was forced to withdraw from the contest on fight day due to illness. He was transported to a hospital on Feb. 10 and administered an IV.

The IV administered to McCall did not contain a banned substance. However, it surpassed the 50mL per six-hour period rule, which would typically be an infraction resulting in a suspension. But as USADA revealed today in a press release, McCall went through the proper channels for a retroactive TUE and was cleared of any wrongdoing.

“After a thorough investigation of the circumstances surrounding the potential violation, which included the retroactive TUE application process, USADA determined that the athlete had a diagnosed acute medical condition for which the use of an intravenous infusion is consistent with the standard of care,” the statement read. “Because McCall’s TUE application was granted retroactively, his use of a prohibited method will not result in an anti-doping policy violation.”

McCall hasn’t competed since a unanimous-decision loss to John Lineker at UFC 183 in January 2015. He’s attempted to compete at five different events against six scheduled opponents, but each time the contest has fallen apart on just days’ notice.

On top of the UFC 208 incident, “Uncle Creepy” was also forced out of a scheduled UFC Fight Night 99 bout with Neil Seery in November, which was scrapped on weigh-in day when McCall was taken to hospital.

McCall has said in the months following UFC 208 that he may not ever be able to compete again due to the physical tole that cutting weight places on his body. He said the financial rewards are not worth the sacrifice, but the 32-year-old still has not officially retired.

McCall joins UFC women’s featherweight contender Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino as fighters who have received retroactive TUEs from USADA.

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Source: MMA Junkie