Suspended UFC Heavyweight Carlos Felipe Released by Promotion

Carlos Felipe, UFC
Carlos Felipe, UFC 263 early weigh-in Credit: Alex Behunin/Cageside Press

After being slapped with an 18-month suspension by the Nevada Athletic Commission earlier this year, Carlos Felipe is no longer part of the UFC roster.

Felipe (11-2) tested positive for Boldenone, an anabolic steroid, and its metabolites in an in-competition drug test for his fight against Andrei Arlovski last October. The Brazilian fighter lost the bout by unanimous decision.

The UFC has subsequently opted to release him. News of the move was first reported by MMA Fighting.

Felipe is the second recently suspended fighter to be released of late. Zviad Lazishvili, suspended nine months by the Nevada Athletic Commission and ten months by USADA (the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency) was also released last week.

In the case of Felipe, he actually passed out-of-competition tests both before and after the Arlovski fight. However, the suspension is his second, as his UFC debut was delayed two years when he failed an out-of-competition drug test under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, run by USADA.

Felipe finally joined the UFC in 2020, losing his debut against Sergey Spivak before putting together three straight wins, over Yorgan De Castro, Justin Tafa, and Jake Collier. All five of his fights under the UFC banner went to the scorecards; two of Felipe’s wins came via close split decisions.

Prior to joining the promotion, “Boi” had won eight straight fights in his native Brazil.