The latest victim of the USADA era was announced today. Little Nog, COME ON DOWN! Yet again, USADA is helping to keep the sport clean, while simultaneously killing it. Athletes getting popped by USADA is becoming as frequent as a middle-aged man’s weekly poker night.
It would appear that Antonio Rogerio Nogueira’s fight with Jared Cannonier on December 16 is now history.
The UFC offered a statement via UFC.com:
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.
In other words, he is guilty until proven innocent. USADA is awesome. See you guys next week!