It would appear that yet another competitor under the roster for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has been flagged by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.
Coming off of the heels of fighters Jessica Penne, Amanda Ribas and Marco Reyes being flagged by USADA, UFC bantamweight Augusto Mendes has since been notified by the anti-doping watch dogs of a possible policy violation.
Consequently, the fighter’s match up against Merab Dvalishvili at UFC Fight Night 128 has been pulled.
Check out the UFC’s official statement on the matter below:
“The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Augusto Mendes of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on March 7, 2018. Due to the proximity of Mendes’ upcoming scheduled bout at UFC FIGHT NIGHT: BARBOZA vs. LEE in Atlantic City, New Jersey on April 21, 2018 against Merab Dvalishvili , Mendes 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 Mendes. 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.”