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USADA informs Matheus Nicolau of potential anti-doping violation

The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) informed UFC Brazilian flyweight Matheus Nicolau (12-1-1) yesterday of a potential infraction regarding an Oct. 13 out-of-competition sample.

Nicolau, a former TUF Brazil Season 4 competitor, was scheduled to fight Yuta Sasaki at UFC Fight Night 100 Nov.19 but now has been provisionally suspended.

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Nicolau is currently on a five-fight win streak, split-decisioning John Moraga at July’s TUF 23 Finale in his last fight.

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 Matheus Nicolau of a potential Anti-Doping violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on October 13, 2016. USADA has provisionally suspended Nicolau based on the potential anti-doping violation.

Nicolau was scheduled to fight Ulka Sasaki on November 19th in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The UFC is currently exploring whether or not a replacement to fight Sasaki can be arranged.

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. Consistent with all previous potential anti-doping violations, additional information or UFC statements will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.

The process continues.


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

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