Lawlor gets two-year suspension for doping

UFC light heavyweight Tom Lawlor has been handed a 24 month ban following a positive test for ostarine.

The United States Anti-Doping Authority confirmed the suspension late on Friday, stating the failed test was conducted in October. As a result, the suspension is retroactive, meaning the American will only be eligible to fight again in October 2018. 

Ostarine is a drug similar to anabolic steroids and is banned at all times by the World Anti-Doping Authority. 

"USADA announced today that UFC athlete, Tom Lawlor, of Las Vegas, accepted a two-year sanction after testing positive for a prohibited substance," read the statement.

"Lawlor, 33, tested positive for ostarine following an out-of-competition urine test conducted on October 10, 2016. Ostarine is a prohibited substance in the category of Anabolic Agents and is prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the WADA Prohibited List."

Lawlor's last fight was a loss against Corey Anderson at UFC 196 in Las Vegas.