Two Fighters Notified Of Potential USADA Violations

Two UFC fighters are facing potential sanctions after being flagged by USADA.

Longtime UFC Light Heavyweight and part-time pro wrestling personality was informed by the United States Anti-Doping Agency of a possible violation in relation to an October 10 out-of-competition sample. You can see the company's statement on the matter below.

The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Tom Lawlor of a potential Anti-Doping violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on October 10, 2016. USADA has provisionally suspended Lawlor based on the potential anti-doping violation.

USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case. It is important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full fair legal review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. Consistent with all previous potential anti-doping violations, additional information or UFC statements will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.

Lawlor has yet to comment on the matter, but retweeted stories in relation to the potential violation.

Elsewhere, #10-ranked flyweight Matheus Nicolau has also been informed of a potential USADA violation, and subsequently pulled from his November 19 fight with Ulka Sasaki. The UFC's statement on the matter can be seen below.

The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Matheus Nicolau of a potential Anti-Doping violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on October 13, 2016. USADA has provisionally suspended Nicolau based on the potential anti-doping violation.

Nicolau was scheduled to fight Ulka Sasaki on November 19th in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The UFC is currently exploring whether or not a replacement to fight Sasaki can be arranged.

USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case. It is important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full fair legal review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. Consistent with all previous potential anti-doping violations, additional information or UFC statements will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.

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