The Nevada Athletic Commission on Tuesday suspended Carlos Diego Ferreira 12 months for testing positive for a banned substance prior to a proposed bout against Abel Trujillo at UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas on May 29.
The commission voted unanimously to suspended Ferreira, who tested positive for ostarine in an out-of-competition drug test prior to the lightweight bout. Ferreira’s suspension is retroactive to April 30, and he must submit a clean drug test prior to his return. The fighter was not fined by the NAC.
Ostarine is a selective androgen receptor modulator that can aid steroid-like muscle growth without the side effects. UFC welterweight Tim Means was recently suspended six months by USADA when it was determined he took a tainted supplement that contained the substance.
Ferreira claimed innocence during Tuesday’s hearing and said that he submitted all his supplements to USADA for testing. However, with that process still ongoing, the NAC elected to issue the 31-year-old Brazilian the 12-month suspension anyway.
Ferreira last competed at UFC on Fox 18 on Jan. 30, where he captured a unanimous decision over Olivier Aubin-Mercier. He is 3-2 during his promotional tenure and 12-2 as a professional overall.