UFC lightweight Carlos Diego Ferreira (pictured) has been pulled from his May 29 fight against Abel Trujillo after the Brazilian “potentially” flunked a a random, out-of-competition drug test.
“The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) informed Carlos Diego Ferreira of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation, stemming from a recent out-of-competition sample collection,” the UFC expressed in Friday’s statement. “In accordance with the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, Ferreira has received a provisional suspension, and has been removed from his scheduled bout against Abel Trujillo on May 29 in Las Vegas.
“USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case. It is important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed.”
The UFC partnered with the USADA last July to conduct year round, random drug tests on all of their fighters. Under the UFC’s new policy, first-time offenders for performance-enhancing drug will receive a two-year ban, four years with “aggravating circumstance.” The suspension is doubled for the second offense and double of the second penalty on the third offense.
Marijuana and other recreational drugs will only be tested in-competition. These failed screenings will result in a one-year suspension, two years for aggravating circumstance. The suspension is doubled for the second offense and double of the second penalty on the third offense.
Because the USADA didn’t disclose what substance(s) were discovered in Ferreira’s system, his punishment will be determined at a later date.
Ferreira has posted a 3-2 record since joining the UFC in 2014. The 31-year-old most recently posted a unanimous decision win over Olivier Aubin-Mercier in January.
It is unknown if the UFC plans on keeping Trujillo in the UFC Fight Night 88 lineup against a new opponent given that it’s only 16 days until showtime.
Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada serves as host.
Here is the card’s current lineup:
Abel Trujillo vs. TBD
Chris DeLaRocha vs. Adam Milstead
Erik Koch vs. Joe Proctor
Jake Collier vs. Alberto Pereira Uda
Bryan Caraway vs. Aljamain Sterling
Jessica Eye vs. Sara McMann
Josh Burkman vs. Paul Felder
Lorenz Larkin vs. Jorge Masvidal
Chris Camozzi vs. Vitor Miranda
Tarec Saffiedine vs. Rick Story
Renan Barao vs. Jeremy Stephens
Thomas Almeida vs. Cody Garbrandt