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Antonio Rogerio Nogueira tests positive for banned diuretic, pulled from UFC on FOX 26

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UFC light heavyweight Antonio Rogerio Nogueira has been flagged by USADA after testing positive for a diuretic.

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira is the latest fighter flagged by USADA.

The light-heavyweight veteran was informed of a potential anti-doping violation Thursday, UFC officials announced in a statement. The potential violation stemmed from an out-of-competition drug test administered by USADA on Sept. 27.

As a result of the positive drug test, Nogueira has been pulled from his UFC on FOX 26 fight against Jared Cannonier in December. The MMA organization is currently looking for a replacement opponent, the statement read.

Nogueira reacted to the news in an Instagram post Thursday.

Alunos, fãs, amigos, família: à todos que sempre estão ao meu lado, estou aqui falando para vocês. Hoje fui surpreendido pela USADA – órgão de controle de dopping -que apareceu uma substância diurética em meus exames. Estou aqui para tentar esclarecer pois ainda não temos todas as explicações, mas a partir de agora vamos investigar a fundo esta situação, venho dizer à todos vocês que estou confiante na minha inocência e vamos descobrir de fato o que aconteceu, e me defender na hora oportuna. Eu sempre joguei nas regras, sou um lutador veterano e estou no esporte há muito tempo; e eu quero sempre dar exemplo para os mais novos que se espelham na carreira que eu construí e jamais iria me envolver com algo ilícito para melhorar a minha performance ou ganhar alguma vantagem. Nunca precisei tomar diurético, todos que me acompanham principalmente os meus treinadores, sabem que nunca tive dificuldades alguma para perder peso e essa é a função do diurético. Assim que o UFC marca a minha luta, inicio um processo de dieta e treinos para justamente, ao final do camp não sofrer com a queda de peso. É muito difícil esta passando por isso, para mim que sempre fui honesto , e principalmente com o meu trabalho, que me dediquei e ainda me dedico com muito amor. Por conta infelizmente a minha luta foi cancelada, fiquei muito triste com isso tudo, mas espero assim que possível esclarecer esse mal entendido e dar luta espetacular à todos vocês. Obrigado à todos vocês pelo apoio e respeito comigo.

A post shared by Rogerio Nogueira (@minotouromma) on Oct 19, 2017 at 12:50pm PDT

“I am here to try to clarify because we do not yet have all the explanations, but from now on we will investigate this situation in depth. I have told all of you that I am confident in my defense and we will find out what happened,” Nogueira wrote (translation via MMAFighting.com).

“I have never needed to take a diuretic and everyone who accompanies me mainly my coaches know that I never had any difficulties to lose weight and this is the function of the diuretic,” Nogueira continued. “As soon as the UFC schedules my fight I will start a process of diet and training precisely so that at the end of my camp I won’t suffer with weight loss.

“It is very difficult going through this for me as I have always been honest and especially with my work which I have dedicated myself and continue to dedicate myself as it’s my passion. Because of this unfortunately my fight was canceled and I was very sad about it all but I hope as soon as possible to clarify this misunderstanding and give you all a spectacular fight.”

A USADA spokesperson confirmed in a statement to BloodyElbow.com Thursday that the Brazilian legend tested positive for a diuretic. Per the UFC anti-doping policy, USADA can only disclose the substance a fighter tested positive for after the fighter comments on the failed drug test.

“Given that Mr. Nogueira publicly commented on the case, we can confirm that he tested positive for a diuretic stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on September 27, 2017,” the statement read. “Because this is an ongoing case, we are not going to provide any further details at this time.”

In a second statement, the spokesperson confirmed the exact diuretic Nogueira popped for: hydrochlorothiazide, the same substance former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos tested positive for this past summer ahead of UFC 215. Hydrochlorothiazide can be found in over-the-counter painkillers.

Nogueira (22-8), a 10-fight veteran of the UFC who has also fought for PRIDE FC and Affliction, is 1-3 in his last four Octagon outings. 41-year-old Nogueira, the twin brother of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, last fought in November 2016 and was stopped by Ryan Bader.


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