Another one bites the dust-ah! USADA is doing what they do and fighters are dropping like flies. This time, newcomer Carlos Felipe, is the latest victim. Felipe is an 8-0 heavyweight prospect out of Brazil. He was scheduled to make his UFC debut against Christian Colombo at UFC Sao Paulo, on October 28. This is a major blow to the heavyweight division, as they are hurting for new talent.
Before his UFC career even began, it’s come to a halt. According to the UFC:
The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Carlos Felipe of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on July 29, 2017. Because of the proximity to Felipe’s upcoming scheduled bout in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on October 28, 2017, against Christian Columbo, Felipe has been removed from the card and 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 Felipe. 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.
They are certainly getting proficient at writing these statements every week.