“TUF: Brazil 3” competitor Ricardo Abreu flagged for potential USADA violation

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

“Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3” competitor Ricardo Abreu has been out of action since June of 2015, and that 13 month layoff is about to get a lot longer.

The UFC released a statement on Sunday after Abreu was informed of a potential violation of the USADA anti-doping policy. The positive result from an out of competition drug test could keep him out of the cage for up to another two years from the date of the test.

“The UFC organization was notified that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Ricardo Abreu of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection,” the UFC’s statement read. “USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case. It is important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair review 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 32-year-old has just six career fights in a pro career dating back to 2011. He was undefeated into the “TUF: Brazil 3” tournament, and picked up a win in his UFC debut on the finale event in 2014. He then suffered his first career loss in his second appearance, losing a split decision to Jake Collier at UFC Fight Night 68.

[Photo (c) Derek E. Hingle via USA Today Sports]

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