Another big name from mixed martial arts has been flagged for a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira is the latest fighter in the UFC to be flagged by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for a potential violation. “Minotouro” was scheduled to fight Jared Cannonier at UFC on FOX 26 in Winnipeg, Canada on December 16 and has since been pulled from the fight.
The UFC released the following statement on Thursday:
The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Antonio Rogerio Nogueira of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on September 27, 2017. Due to the proximity of Nogueira’s upcoming scheduled bout at UFC FIGHT NIGHT: LAWLER vs. DOS ANJOS in Winnipeg, Canada on December 16, 2017 against Jared Cannonier, Nogueira has been removed from the card and the UFC is currently seeking a replacement.
USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Nogueira. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.
“Lil Nog” last fought in November of last year, losing to Ryan Bader by TKO in the third round at UFC Fight Night 100. Nogueira holds a professional record of 22-8 and is 3-3 in his last six fights.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 10/19/2017.