Despite not yet officially making his UFC debut, featherweight fighter Grant Dawson has been notified of a potential violation by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
There is no word yet on what substance caused the potential test violation, but it was from an out of competition sample collected on October 18.
Here is a statement from the UFC on the matter:
The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Grant Dawson of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on October 18, 2017.
USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Dawson. 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.
Dawson earned a contract in the UFC after defeating Adrian Diaz by second round submission at Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series Episode 6. There is no word at this time as to what punishment Dawson would receive, but the featherweight could be facing a one year suspension since this is his first violation.