Jingliang Li has been notified of a potential anti-doping violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on May 18.
The UFC announced the news in a statement on Tuesday:
The UFC organization was notified by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) that it has informed Li Jingliang of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection on May 18, 2016. USADA also informed the UFC that it initiated an investigation into the source of the prohibited substance detected in Jingliang’s sample prior to notifying him of the potential violation. Because of this investigation, USADA has not issued a provisional suspension against Jingliang at this time.
Li last competed at "The Ultimate Fighter 23” finale finale, earning a first-round knockout over Anton Zafir on July 8 in Las Vegas. Because the possible violation occurred ahead of the event, the Nevada Athletic Commission also has jurisdiction over the case along with USADA.
Li, 28, is 3-2 since making his UFC debut in 2014, including triumphs over Dhiego Lima and David Michaud. The China Top Team member is 11-4 as a professional overall.