UFC bantamweight champion Holly Holm has signed an endorsement deal with a company that manufactures supplements containing DMAA, a stimulant banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency, according to a USA Today report.
Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals confirmed to USA Today that Holm recently signed a two-year endorsement deal with them, and appears in a new ad with five supplements. Three contain DMAA.
“Holly Holm is a great UFC champion and a role model for the sport of mixed martial arts,” UFC said in a statement to USA Today Sports. “The UFC organization has not researched the company that is sponsoring Holm, and UFC does not condone any athlete that uses a substance on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Prohibited List.”
The report notes that UFC uses the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to handle their doping protocol, and that the USADA abides by WADA rules and regulations.
Holm has passed each of the seven drug tests administered to her, and her association with Hi-Tech does not mean that she has used their supplements.
In November, Holm knocked out undefeated champion Ronda Rousey in Australia. Her next scheduled fight is against Miesha Tate at UFC 197 on March 5.
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