Adam “Warhammer” Hunter, a middleweight mixed martial arts (MMA) athlete formerly with Ultimate Fight Championship (UFC), was suspended for two years after testing positive for various anabolic steroids and ancillary medications in 2016. This made him ineligible to compete in all drug-tested sports competition. Hunter rtried to compete in a local muay thai event anyway.
Hunter, training out of the Ottawa Academy of Martial Arts, competed at 2017 Muay Thai Ontario Provincial Championships on June 10, 2017 in violation of his two year suspension. Hunter won the silver medal in the over 91 kilogram weight class. Unfortunately, the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) disqualified Hunter’s results as soon as they discovered that he had violated his period of ineligibility.
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Hunter was originally suspended by USADA after he tested positive for five prohibited substances arising from an out-of-competition urine sample collected by drug testing officers with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport on August 11, 2016.
The five substances used by Hunter included three anabolic steroids – Equipoise (boldenone), Masteron (drostanolone) and Dianabol (methandienone); one beta-2 adrenergic agonist – clenbuterol; and one selective estrogen receptor modular (SERM) – Nolvadex (tamoxifen).
Hunter had just signed a new contract with the UFC and was preparing to make his UFC debut at UFC on Fox 21 in Vancouver (Canada) on August 27, 2016. He was dropped from the event which may have ended his UFC career before it even really started.
Hunter’s original two-year suspension made him ineligible to compete from August 26, 2016 until August 26, 2018. USADA could have penalized him further for violating the terms of his suspension. However, USADA concluded that Hunter’s level of faults was low since he honestly did not know that he could not compete at a local muay thai event.
Hunter’s dream of competing in the UFC may be over but he is far from finished competing in MMA. After his suspension ended, Hunter signed with TKO MMA in Canada to headline TKO44 in a championship bout as a light-heavyweight against Marc-Andre Barriault in Quebec City on September 21, 2018. Hunter was defeated.