Undefeated (8-0) Heavyweight fighter Carlos Felipe was set to make his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 119 in Sao Paulo on October 28 against fellow Heavyweight Christian Colombo (8-2-1). Today, the UFC announced that the USADA notified Felipe of the possible violation on a sample collected July 29. The UFC’s full statement is below:
“The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Carlos Felipe of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on July 29, 2017. Because of the proximity to Felipe’s upcoming scheduled bout in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on October 28, 2017, against Christian Columbo, Felipe 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 Felipe. 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.”
The UFC’s Heavyweight division can’t seem to catch a break. Felipe would have added an young, undefeated prospect with six of his eight wins coming by TKO to a division in desperate need of new talent. Hopefully we get to see his debut with the organization in the future.