Herrington Suspended 4 Years in IMMAF Doping Case


IMMAF(London. 25 October 2016) An independent tribunal appointed by the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) has found that Ms Jamie Herrington from Canada, (Gold Medalist in the 145lb division), committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation at the 2015 IMMAF World Championships of Amateur MMA in Las Vegas. As result, a period of 4 years’ ineligibility has been imposed upon the athlete.

Ms Herrington participated in a series of matches through the tournament and subsequently won the gold medal in her division. She was notified of, and submitted to, a no notice post-bout competition test collected by Drug Free Sport Inc., a recognized and certified testing agency based in the USA. The sample was submitted to the World Anti-Doping Agency Laboratory in Los Angeles, (UCLA), for analysis in accordance with the WADA International Standard for Laboratories and the WADA Prohibited List.

The “A” sample analysis showed a positive result for amphetamine, a prohibited substance under S6 of the World Anti-Doping Agency Code, and therefore a breach of IMMAF’s WADA compliant Anti-Doping Rules. The athlete was notified of the result on 3rd September 2015 and provisionally suspended from this date.

At Ms. Herrington’s request, her “B” sample was also analysed, but likewise presented a positive result for amphetamine. In reaching a decision on consequences to be imposed, the independent tribunal considered the Athlete’s explanation as to how the substance came to be present in her system, whether there was evidence of intention and the Athlete’s degree of fault in relation to this violation.

However, as no reductions were found to be applicable, the period of ineligibility imposed is 4 years commencing from the date of provisional suspension. Ms Herrington will be eligible to compete again from 3rd September 2019. Additionally, Ms. Herrington’s results from the 2015 IMMAF World Championships are disqualified with all resulting consequences. In this instance this will result in the forfeiture of Ms Herrington’s gold medal, disqualification of her results and subsequent revision of medals in that category. Right of appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport has not been taken up by the athlete. No orders for costs were sought or made by IMMAF.


IMMAF CEO Densign White said:

“IMMAF takes the issue of doping very seriously. It is not solely a matter of fair play, nor also only a matter of medical safety to the individual, but in contact sports doping crucially impacts on the health and safety of opponents. Multiple innocent opponents could be exposed to increased risk through an individual’s choice to take performance enhancing drugs.

“This unfortunate case may serve as a warning to all IMMAF athletes to take care of the drinks and substances they consume and particularly to ensure they abide by the IMMAF anti-doping rules for the health and safety of all competitors, including themselves. IMMAF has a zero-tolerance approach to doping in the sport and has a duty of care to all competitors to enforce its Anti-Doping Rules. Athletes are urged to check their medications, to refrain from use of any prohibited substances during training and competition.”

10 Responses to “ Herrington Suspended 4 Years in IMMAF Doping Case ”

  1. Cody Rempel says:

    Here is a statement from Justin Donally and Team Fivestar

    “We were shocked and disappointed to hear from IMMAF about Jamie’s failed drug test.
    We have always had a no drugs/steroids/gang affiliation rule amongst our fight team in an effort to keep only the highest standard of athlete representing our team.
    When receiving the news last year from IMMAF and Team Canada representatives we felt we had no choice but to remove Jamie from our fight team, the gym and any competition hosted by Fivestar.
    It’s was a heartbreaking situation for our coaching staff here who offered her a lot of support, training and funding to get her to the national tryouts and worlds just to be disappointed by her decisions.
    Although it seems somewhat steep perhaps, We appreciate IMMAF’s stance on the punishment as they have been working very hard to have MMA added as an Olympic sport and such standards are necessary.

    Jamie is an extremely talented athlete and we wish her the best in her future endeavours.

    Team Fivestar”

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  2. William says:

    pretty selfish for one athlete to jeopardize the IMMAF Olympic goal … sure it wasn’t a mistake? The clean athletes work so hard :( Do the other girls below her go up a medel? So shitty to them but the timing over a year later makes that almost worthless and robs them of a lifetime achievement.

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  3. 4 years is too long.

    I wonder if this suspension is for IMMAF only. Does ABC recognize IMMAF suspensions?
    Could she fight pro next weekend?

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  4. Cody Saftic says:

    ^^^ Those are all great questions Keith, I would love to know as well

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  5. Jiminy says:

    Imagnine how much nyquil Brock was on! Isn’t the silver medallist (who should be gold) Sinead Kavanaugh the daughter of Connor Mcgregors coach – John Kavanaugh? I’m sure that camp is pissed. The IMMAF should give her the gold medal at the Euopeans if she goes.

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  6. Confused says:


    She wouldn’t have gotten four years if she hadn’t lied to the most about how the amphetamines wound up in her system. If you read the supplemental info about this you’ll pretty clearly see they list all the ways she could’ve gotten reductions but then also the reasons she essentially took that potential from herself by wasting their time.

    I agree the 4 years seems long on the surface but when you look into their reasoning it makes a lot of sense.


    Give that a read if you want to see all the different ways her story doesn’t add up.

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  8. Top MMA Fan says:

    Based just on what I’ve seen on other feeds just here on top mma news I believe there were a lot of contributing factors to Herrington’s removal from Fivestar not just for this.
    I would say that them not mentioning anything else and just moving on and wishing her luck is pretty big of them as I’m sure she’s going thru a hard enough time.

    Maybe I’m wrong but that’s my two cents for what it’s worth

    Also I don’t buy the cold meds argument one bit and I’m guessing they or IMMAF did either

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  9. Orangina says:

    Amphetamines? Whoop-dee-doo! And 4 years and she wasn’t even on roids? Seems a bit steep.

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  10. Confused says:

    Orangina – you don’t get it. It’s not even what she popped for for the most part, yes she failed for something some people wouldn’t deem a “PED,” but if she was worn down from the week long tourney maybe it was(?), they made an example of her mostly for having wasted their time with obvious lies about it ended up in her system. If you read that supplemental info they outline all the ways she could’ve gotten her suspension reduced along with all the reasons she made them not reduce it.

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