UFC officials announced Sunday that Brazilian middleweight Ricardo “Demente” Abreu has been flagged for a potential violation of the UFC anti-doping policy.
The promotion announced the news after being informed of the result in an out-of-competition by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
“USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case,” the UFC's official statement read. “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, 32, debuted in the UFC in May 2014 at “The Ultimate Fighter Brazil” Season 3 Finale, choking out Wagner Silva Gomes in the first round. He returned in June 2015 on the undercard of Dan Henderson-Tim Boetsch bout, losing a split decision to Jake Collier.
According to USADA's testing database, it was the first test for Abreu in or out of competition after not being tested at all in 2015.