The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has notified heavyweight fighter Azunna Anyanwu of a potential violation from an out of competition sample collected on October 18.
Thus far, Anyanwu has only competed once under the UFC banner and that was a split decision loss to Justin Ledet at UFC Fight Night Pittsburgh.
Here is the statement from the UFC on the matter:
The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Azunna Anyanwu 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 Anyanwu. 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.
Anyanwu got into the UFC after competing on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series Episode 1, defeating Greg Rebello by second round knockout. Although he wasn't awarded a contract on that night, the fighter's performance got him a second look by UFC officials.
There has been no punishment handed down to the fighter as of yet, but he could face a one year suspension because this is his first violation.