Another UFC fighter has been flagged for a potential anti-doping violation by USADA. This time around it’s Brazil’s Carlos Felipe, who had been set to appear at UFC Sao Paulo next month. The promotion announced the news in a statement Tuesday. Felipe had been booked to face Christian Columbo.
Per the UFC’s official statement,
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.
Heavyweight Felipe signed with the UFC over the Summer, with a feelgood story of being overweight as a youth. His appearance at UFC Sao Paulo was to be his promotional debut. He’d gone 8-0 as a professional since his debut in 2014, most recently stopping Francisco Sandro da Silva Bezerra via TKO this past May.
UFC Sao Paulo (UFC Fight Night 119) takes place October 28, and features a main event middleweight showdown between Derek Brunson and the returning Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida.