The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has notified James Mulheron of a potential violation and he has been pulled from the upcoming UFC Fight Night Shanghai card.
It was an out of competition sample from November 10 that caused the failure for the fighter, there is no word as to what illegal substance was potentially found in the sample.
Mulheron was supposed to fight Cyril Asker at the event and UFC officials are seeking a replacement opponent for him to battle.
Here is a statement issued by the UFC on the matter:
The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed James Mulheron of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on November 10, 2017. Due to the proximity of James’s upcoming scheduled bout at UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Gastelum in Shanghai, China on November 25, 2017, against Cyril Asker, Mulheron has been removed from the card and 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 Mulheron. 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.
There is no word at the moment as to what punishment Mulheron could be facing for his potential violation.