Ännu en fighter har fastnat i USADA:s dopningskontroller, denna gången är det en veteran.
Under torsdagen meddelade UFC att den brasilianske fightern Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, även känd som ”Lil Nog”, har flaggats för en potentiell dopningsfall. Lil Nog ska ha testat positivt vid en oanmäld dopningskontroll i slutet av september. I väntan på det slutgiltiga resultatet, dvs när USADA kollar även brassens B-prov, är borttagen från den tilltänkta matchen mot Jared Cannonier.
Nedan kan ni se UFC:s pressmeddelande om fallet.
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.
Lil Nog gick kort efter med ett uttalande där han skriver att han är överraskad över testresultatet och bedyrar sin oskuld. Enligt MMA-veteranen ska det röra sig om ett vätskedrivande ämne som resulterat i att han flaggats av USADA.
Students, fans, friends, family: to all who are always by my side, I am here to share with you that today I was surprised by USADA (anti-doping control organization) that a diuretic substance appeared in my exams.
I am here to try to clarify because we do not yet have all the explanations, but from now on we will investigate this situation in depth. I have told all of you that I am confident in my defense and we will find out what happened.
I have never needed to take a diuretic and everyone who accompanies me mainly my coaches know that I never had any difficulties to lose weight and this is the function of the diuretic.
As soon as the UFC schedules my fight I will start a process of diet and training precisely so that at the end of my camp I won’t suffer with weight loss.
It is very difficult going through this for me as I have always been honest and especially with my work which I have dedicated myself and continue to dedicate myself as it’s my passion. Because of this unfortunately my fight was canceled and I was very sad about it all but I hope as soon as possible to clarify this misunderstanding and give you all a spectacular fight.
Thank you all for your support and respect for me.
Lil Nog berättade för MMAFighting.com att det rör sig om ämnet Hydrochlorothiazide, samma ämne som Junior Dos Santos flaggades för under sommaren.