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TUF Brazil 3 alum, UFC middleweight notified of potential USADA violation

UFC middleweight Ricardo Abreu is the latest fighter to be flagged for a potential USADA violation.

MMA: UFC Fight Night-Abreu vs Collier Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Former TUF Brazil competitor Ricardo Abreu hasn’t fought in over a year, and he may not compete again for an even longer period of time, pending what happens with his possible USADA violation.

This past weekend, the UFC released a statement regarding Abreu’s potential violation, as well as his subsequent provisional suspension.

“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.

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.”

Abreu (5-1) suffered a split decision defeat to Jake Collier at UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Boetsch in June 2015. “Demente” competed on season 3 of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil, advancing to the semifinals of the middleweight bracket before losing to Marcio Alexandre Jr.

There is no info (as usual) on what substance Abreu tested positive for, but as it stands, Abreu could face a 2 year ban for his 1st offense.

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