Francisco Rivera

USADA notifies Francisco Rivera of potential anti-doping violation

UFC bantamweight Francisco Rivera (11-7-0, 1NC) was notified yesterday by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) of a potential violation with respect to a July 23rd out-of-competition sample.

Rivera’s B sample will be tested to confirm the results. He could be looking at possible fines, suspensions, or both from USADA.

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The UFC released the following statement on its website.

“The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Francisco Rivera of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection on July 23, 2016. 

“USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case. It is important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full fair legal review 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.”

Rivera has been tested three times so far in 2016, according to USADA’s records.

The process continues.

@kenaiandrews USADA notifies Francisco Rivera of potential anti-doping violation


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.


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