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USADA informs Antonio Rogerio Nogueira of potential anti-doping violation

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The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced yesterday that Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (22-8-0) was informed of a potential violation due to an out-of-competition sample collected on September 27, 2017.

Nogueira, 41, was scheduled to fight Jared Cannonier at UFC on FOX 26 in Winnipeg, but has since been pulled from the event.

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 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.

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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