Little Nog anti-doping test flagged for diuretic, pulled from fight
UFC light heavyweight Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, better known as Little Nog or Minotouro, has been flagged by the US Anti-Doping Agency after testing for a prohibited diuretic. The fighter has been pulled from a scheduled fight vs. Jared Cannonier at UFC on FOX 26 in December, and an investigation is underway.
The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Antonio Rogerio Nogueira of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on September 27, 2017. Due to the proximity of Nogueira’s upcoming scheduled bout at UFC FIGHT NIGHT: LAWLER vs. DOS ANJOS in Winnipeg, Canada on December 16, 2017 against Jared Cannonier, Nogueira has been removed from the card and the 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 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.
The fighter told Guilherme Cruz that the failure was for Hydrochlorothiazide. This is the same prohibited substance that former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos failed for in August. Something isn’t right, as no one cuts months out from a fight. Nogueira, the twin brother of former UFC interim heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, reacted via his social network.
“Students, fans, friends, family: to all who are always by my side, I am here to share with you that today I was surprised by USADA (anti-doping control organization) that a diuretic substance appeared in my exams,” he wrote, as translated by Shaun Al-Shatti for MMA Fighting.
“I am here to try to clarify because we do not yet have all the explanations, but from now on we will investigate this situation in depth. I have told all of you that I am confident in my defense and we will find out what happened.
“I have never needed to take a diuretic and 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 schedules my fight I will start a process of diet and training precisely so that at the end of my camp I won’t suffer with weight loss.
“It is very difficult going through this for me as I have always been honest and especially with my work which I have dedicated myself and continue to dedicate myself as it’s my passion. Because of this unfortunately my fight was canceled and I was very sad about it all but I hope as soon as possible to clarify this misunderstanding and give you all a spectacular fight.
“Thank you all for your support and respect for me.”
As always, the announcement of a flagged test is not the same, by any means, as establishing that the fighter in question is guilty. And testing positive in October for a diuretic, when a fight is scheduled for December makes no sense what so ever.