Indian's only UFC fighter Bharat Kandare's USADA suspension ends

BHARAT KANDARE, THE ONLY Indian citizen to fight at the Ulitmate Fighting Championship, has completed his two year suspension handed to him by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

Back in 2018, Bharat was found to have Boldenone undecylenate in his system; which is classified as an androgen and anabolic steroid. Bharat claimed the illegal substance entered into his system through a medicine prescribed to him by a doctor in Nagpur who did not know he was a professional athlete. The ban was effective from November 2 of that year and ran its course yesterday.

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Bharat's last appearance in Mixed Martial Arts came all the way back in 2017 when he debuted at the UFC on a short notice bout at Featherweight (Being a natural Bantamweight). He lost the bout to last-minute opponent Song Yadong by submission.

Holding a pro MMA record of 6-3, Bharat has struggled to keep his fighting career going as he served his period of suspension. Recently, he opened the Bharat Kandare Mixed Martial Arts Academy at the Balkawde International Sports Centre in his hometown of Bhagur in Nashik District of Maharashtra.

Already having a bout cancelled due to injury, Bharat says his focus has been on building up his physical conditioning to avoid a repeat of that. He hopes to return to the Octagon with a full training camp in 2021.

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