Diego Brandao Accepts 9-Month Suspension from USADA for Positive Marijuana Test

By Tristen Critchfield May 19, 2016

Former UFC featherweight Diego Brandao has accepted a nine-month suspension for failing a drug test at UFC 195, according to a statement from the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

Brandao tested positive for Carboxy-THC, a metabolite of marijuana and/or hashish, in a sample taken during an in-competition drug test at the Jan. 2 event. The suspension is retroactive to the date of the event, but Brandao will be eligible for a one-month reduction in length “pending the satisfactory completion of an approved anti-doping educational program.” Brandao is also subject to additional penalties from the Nevada Athletic Commission since UFC 195 took place in Las Vegas. He still has to appear before the NAC for a disciplinary hearing.

Brandao was arrested on three felony charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon for an incident in which he allegedly hit an Albuquerque, N.M., strip club employee in the face with a gun last month. “The Ultimate Fighter 14” winner was released from the Las Vegas-based promotion shortly thereafter.

Brandao was submitted by Brian Ortega in the third round of their UFC 195 encounter. The Jackson-Wink MMA product went 6-4 during his promotional tenure.

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