Light heavyweight Marcos Rogerio de Lima has been removed from UFC Fight Night 115 following a potential anti-doping violation.
The UFC on Friday announced that the failed drug test stemmed from an out-of-competition sample collected on Aug. 1. As a result, de Lima was provisionally suspended and pulled from his proposed clash with Saparbek Safarov scheduled for Sept. 2 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The Las Vegas-based promotion is currently seeking a replacement opponent for Safarov.
As usual, USADA will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of de Lima’s case moving forward. The 32-year-old Brazilian is entitled to a full legal process before any sanctions are imposed. The substance for which de Lima tested positive was not revealed.
De Lima last appeared at UFC Fight Night 108, where he was submitted by Ovince St. Preux in the second round on April 22. “Pezao” is 4-3 since beginning his Octagon tenure in May 2014.