Carlos Diego Ferreira is the latest UFC fighter to have been flagged for a potential anti-doping violation during an out-of-competition test by USADA.
The UFC have confirmed the news, though at this stage it’s not clear what Ferreira tested positive for.
The 31 year-old Ferreira as fought five times for the UFC, producing a 3-2 record so far. His last fight saw him emerge victorious by unanimous decision against Olivier Aubin-Mercier in the prelims of the UFC On FOX 18 event in January. Prior to joining the UFC he was Legacy FC’s lightweight champion.
Ferreira had been scheduled to fight Abel Trujillo next at the UFC Fight Night 88 event on May 29th, but he’s now been removed from the line-up and the UFC are currently looking for a new opponent to take his place against Trujillo, with just over two weeks left until the show in Las Vegas.
Read the UFC’s full statement on the matter below.
“The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) informed Carlos Diego Ferreira of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation, stemming from a recent out-of-competition sample collection. In accordance with the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, Ferreira has received a provisional suspension, and has been removed from his scheduled bout against Abel Trujillo on May 29 in Las Vegas.
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 and fair review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed.
UFC will announce a replacement opponent for Trujillo shortly, while additional violation information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.”