Marcos Rogerio de Lima pulled from UFN 115 for potential anti-doping violation
UFC light heavyweight Marcos Rogerio de Lima has been pulled from a fight with Saparbek Safarov at UFC Fight Night 115 on September 2, after an anti-doping test was flagged. The fighter is provisionally suspended by USADA, pending a full investigation. The substance that the test was flagged for was not revealed.
The announcement came via UFC.com:
The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Marcos Rogerio de Lima of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on August 1, 2017. Marcos was scheduled to compete at UFC Fight Night: Struve vs. Volkov in Rotterdam, Netherlands on September 2, 2017. USADA has provisionally suspended Rogerio de Lima based on the potential anti-doping violation. Given the provisional suspension and the proximity of the Rotterdam event, Rogerio de Lima 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 Rogerio de Lima. 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.
De Lima, 32, came to the UFC from The Ultimate Fighter 3, and is 4-3 fighting at both light heavyweight and heavyweight. All four of Pezao’s wins were via stoppage in Round 1.