Less than a day after the fight between Andrea Lee and Kalindra Faria was announced for UFC 216, one competitor has been pulled from the card.
That competitor is Andrea Lee, who was pulled from the card after USADA informed her that she needed to be in the testing pool due to a previous violation.
Here is the official rule from USADA:
A new or returning Athlete who admits or has an established and verifiable history of the Use, Attempted Use or Possession of a substance or method that is classified as prohibited at all times on the Prohibited List shall not be permitted to compete in UFC Bouts until he/she has made him/herself available for Testing for a minimum period of six months before competing. At USADA’s discretion, such Athletes may also be required to provide a minimum of two negative Samples during the minimum six-month notice period before being cleared for competition. This provision shall not apply in situations in which (i) the Athlete’s Use of the Prohibited Substance or Method was pursuant to a valid TUE or (ii) USADA subsequently grants the Athlete a TUE for the substance or method in question.
Lee will remain signed to a UFC deal and she will compete for the promotion once that six month testing period comes to an end.
UFC officials are seeking a replacement to fight Faria, but nothing has been announced at this time.
UFC 216 takes place on Saturday, October 7 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada with Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.