Antonio Rogerio Nogueira hit with potential USADA violation, pulled from UFC on FOX 26
A potential U.S. Anti-Doping Agency violation has forced Antonio Rogerio Nogueira out of December’s UFC on FOX 26 event.
Officials today announced Nogueira (22-8 MMA, 5-5 UFC) had been notified of the potential violation, which resulted from an out-of-competition sample collected on Sept. 27. No other details were given, but he later stated his test showed the banned diuretic hydrochlorothiazide.
USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Nogueira. 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.
Nogueira was slated to fight Jared Cannonier (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC). A replacement opponent is being sought.
UFC on FOX 26 takes place Dec. 16 at MTS Center in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The card airs on FOX following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Nogueira hasn’t competed since November 2016 when he suffered a second-round TKO loss to Ryan Bader in the main event of UFC Fight Night 100. Prior to that, he earned a first-round TKO of Patrick Cummins at UFC 198 in May 2016.
The 41-year-old Brazilian is among the oldest active fighters on the UFC roster. He’s 1-3 in his past four contests and hasn’t put together consecutive victories since 2013.
Nogueira took to social media to immediately deny any wrongdoing in the situation (via Instagram):
Alunos, fãs, amigos, família: à todos que sempre estão ao meu lado, estou aqui falando para vocês. Hoje fui surpreendido pela USADA – órgão de controle de dopping -que apareceu uma substância diurética em meus exames. Estou aqui para tentar esclarecer pois ainda não temos todas as explicações, mas a partir de agora vamos investigar a fundo esta situação, venho dizer à todos vocês que estou confiante na minha inocência e vamos descobrir de fato o que aconteceu, e me defender na hora oportuna. Eu sempre joguei nas regras, sou um lutador veterano e estou no esporte há muito tempo; e eu quero sempre dar exemplo para os mais novos que se espelham na carreira que eu construí e jamais iria me envolver com algo ilícito para melhorar a minha performance ou ganhar alguma vantagem. Nunca precisei tomar diurético, todos que me acompanham principalmente os meus treinadores, sabem que nunca tive dificuldades alguma para perder peso e essa é a função do diurético. Assim que o UFC marca a minha luta, inicio um processo de dieta e treinos para justamente, ao final do camp não sofrer com a queda de peso. É muito difícil esta passando por isso, para mim que sempre fui honesto , e principalmente com o meu trabalho, que me dediquei e ainda me dedico com muito amor. Por conta infelizmente a minha luta foi cancelada, fiquei muito triste com isso tudo, mas espero assim que possível esclarecer esse mal entendido e dar luta espetacular à todos vocês. Obrigado à todos vocês pelo apoio e respeito comigo.
A translation, per Google Translate:
Students, fans, friends, family: to all who are always by my side, I am here speaking to you.
Today I was surprised by the USADA – dopping control organ – that appeared a diuretic substance in my exams.
I am here to try to clarify because we do not have all the explanations yet, but from now on we will investigate this situation in depth, I have told all of you that I am confident in my innocence and will actually find out what happened, and defend myself in the hour timely
I’ve always played the rules, I’m a veteran fighter and I’ve been in the sport for a long time; and I want to always set an example for the younger ones who mirror the career I built and would never get involved with something unlawful to improve my performance or gain any advantage.
I have never needed to take a diuretic, everyone who accompanies me mainly my coaches, know that I never had any difficulties to lose weight and this is the function of the diuretic.
As soon as the UFC marks my fight, I start a process of diet and training for precisely, at the end of the camp does not suffer with the weight loss.
It is very difficult going through this, for me I have always been honest, and especially with my work, that I dedicated myself and still dedicate myself with much love.
On account unfortunately my fight was canceled, I was very sad about it all, but I hope as soon as possible to clarify this misunderstanding and give spectacular fight to all of you.
Thank you all for your support and respect for me.
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