Carlos Felipe accepts two year suspension for anti-doping violation

Friday, October 20, 2017

On August 2 Combate announced that the UFC had signed undefeated 22-year-old heavyweight Carlos ‘Boi’ Felipe to fight Christian Colombo at UFC Fight Night 119 on October 28 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. However, on July 29, Felipe had been subject to the UFC’s random, comprehensive, out of competition anti-doping testing process. A test came back positive for the metabolites 16‐hydroxy‐stanozolol and 3‐hydroxy‐stanozolol, indicating the fighter had taken the notorious steroid stanozolol (also known as Winstrol). Felipe was withdrawn from the fight, and provisionally suspended.

Now Felipe has accepted the full, two-year suspension for doping from USADA, the UFC’s independent PED testing arm. Official USADA statement:

USADA announced today that UFC athlete Carlos Felipe Cabral de Almeida, known professionally as Carlos Felipe, of Feira de Santana, Brazil, has accepted a two-year sanction after testing positive for a prohibited substance.

Felipe, 22, tested positive for stanozolol metabolites, 16β‐hydroxy‐stanozolol and 3’‐hydroxy‐stanozolol, following an out-of-competition urine test conducted on July 29, 2017. Stanozolol is a non-Specified Substance in the category of Anabolic Agents and is prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.

Felipe’s two-year period of ineligibility began on September 19, 2017, the date his provisional suspension was imposed. As a result of his positive test, Felipe was removed from the Card for the UFC Fight Night event in Sao Paulo, Brazil, scheduled for October 28, 2017.

Pursuant to the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, all UFC athletes serving a period of ineligibility for an anti-doping policy violation are required to remain in the USADA registered testing pool and make themselves available for testing in order to receive credit for time completed under his or her sanction.

Sprinter Ben Johnson tested positive for stanozolol at the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics. Other known users include baseball players Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds, MMA fighters Jorge de Oliveira, Phil Baroni, Tim Sylvia, Chris Leben, Cris Cyborg, Kirill Sidelnikov, and dozens of other world-class athletes.

Ever more sophisticated anti-doping tests are being developed on a continuing basis. Stanozolol can now be identified for up to six months after use. While the UFC is far, far, far ahead of other promotions, their testing should have a positive influence outside the league too, as anyone outside the UFC wanting to get in is subject to testing upon signing a contract, and stopping PED usage immediately does not mean avoiding getting caught.