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UFC Fighter Faces Suspension Over Failed Drug Test

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Felipe Oliveiri didn’t have the kind of debut he was hoping for at UFC on FOX 18 in January.

And now, things are only getting worse.

The 29-year-old Brazilian’s drug test has been flagged by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, forcing the UFC to put out a statement regarding the matter. Oliveiri is 14-4 in his career and a member of the Nova Uniao gym.

Below is the complete press release from the UFC:

The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Felipe Olivieri of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection. Although the sample collected from Olivieri following his bout at UFC Fight Night: Johnson vs. Bader on January 30, 2016, was reported as negative for prohibited substances, a sample collected from him in Brazil earlier that month, and analyzed at the WADA accredited laboratory in Rio de Janeiro, was recently reported to USADA as containing a prohibited substance.

USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Olivieri, as it relates to the UFC Anti-Doping Policy and future UFC participation. Because Olivieri participated in a bout sanctioned by the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board after the sample in question was collected, USADA will work to ensure that the Board has the necessary information to determine the appropriate course of action under the Board’s rules.

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