Antonio Rogerio Nogueira hit with potential USADA violation, pulled from UFC on FOX 26

A potential U.S. Anti-Doping Agency violation has forced Antonio Rogerio Nogueira out of December’s UFC on FOX 26 event.

Officials today announced Nogueira (22-8 MMA, 5-5 UFC) had been notified of the potential violation, which resulted from an out-of-competition sample collected on Sept. 27. No other details were given, but he later stated his test showed the banned diuretic hydrochlorothiazide.

From a USADA statement posted to the UFC’s web site:

USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Nogueira. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal 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.

Nogueira was slated to fight Jared Cannonier (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC). A replacement opponent is being sought.

UFC on FOX 26 takes place Dec. 16 at MTS Center in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The card airs on FOX following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Nogueira hasn’t competed since November 2016 when he suffered a second-round TKO loss to Ryan Bader in the main event of UFC Fight Night 100. Prior to that, he earned a first-round TKO of Patrick Cummins at UFC 198 in May 2016.

The 41-year-old Brazilian is among the oldest active fighters on the UFC roster. He’s 1-3 in his past four contests and hasn’t put together consecutive victories since 2013.

Nogueira took to social media to immediately deny any wrongdoing in the situation (via Instagram):

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A translation, per Google Translate:

Students, fans, friends, family: to all who are always by my side, I am here speaking to you.

Today I was surprised by the USADA – dopping control organ – that appeared a diuretic substance in my exams.

I am here to try to clarify because we do not have all the explanations yet, but from now on we will investigate this situation in depth, I have told all of you that I am confident in my innocence and will actually find out what happened, and defend myself in the hour timely

I’ve always played the rules, I’m a veteran fighter and I’ve been in the sport for a long time; and I want to always set an example for the younger ones who mirror the career I built and would never get involved with something unlawful to improve my performance or gain any advantage.

I have never needed to take a diuretic, 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.

As soon as the UFC marks my fight, I start a process of diet and training for precisely, at the end of the camp does not suffer with the weight loss.

It is very difficult going through this, for me I have always been honest, and especially with my work, that I dedicated myself and still dedicate myself with much love.

On account unfortunately my fight was canceled, I was very sad about it all, but I hope as soon as possible to clarify this misunderstanding and give spectacular fight to all of you.

Thank you all for your support and respect for me.

For more on UFC on FOX 26, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Nogueira-Cannonier, Bamgbose-Di Chirico added to UFC on FOX 26 in Winnipeg

The UFC’s FOX card in Winnipeg in December now has its first two bouts.

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (22-8 MMA, 5-5 UFC) will take on Jared Cannonier (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) in a light heavyweight fight, and Oluwale Bamgbose (6-3 MMA, 1-3 UFC) meets Alessio Di Chirico (10-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) at middleweight. UFC officials announced the new bookings today.

The FOX card, expected to be UFC on FOX 26, takes place Dec. 16 at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The main card will air on FOX following prelims likely for either FOX or FS1, as well as UFC Fight Pass.

Nogueira will fight for the first time in more than a year when he steps in the cage against Cannonier. This past November at UFC Fight Night 100, he was stopped by Ryan Bader with third-round TKO in the headliner in Sao Paulo, Brazil. That erased a first-round TKO of Patrick Cummins earlier in the year, also in Brazil. “Little Nog” has dropped three of his past four fights.

Cannonier got back on track in July with a third-round TKO of Nick Roehrick at the TUF 25 Finale in Las Vegas. Roehrick was a late replacement for Steve Bosse, who had to pull out of the fight with an injury. That got Cannonier back in the win column after a decision loss to Glover Teixeira at UFC 208 snapped a two-fight streak.

Bamgbose is badly in need of a win. After a 5-0 start to his pro career, including a Ring of Combat middleweight title, he has dropped three of four since arriving in the UFC. His promotional debut was a TKO loss to Uriah Hall, but he followed that up nicely with a head-kick knockout of Daniel Sarafian at UFC Fight Night 83. But since then, he has a decision loss to Cezar Ferreira and a TKO loss at UFC 212 to Paulo Borrachinha in June.

Di Chirico, from Italy, had a 9-0 start to his pro career before falling back with setbacks in two of his past three since coming to the UFC. He lost a decision to Bojan Velickovic in April 2016 in Croatia, but bounced back with a split-decision win over Garreth McLellan later that year in Vancouver. Earlier this year in January, he was submitted in the first round by Eric Spicely at UFC on FOX 23.

For more on UFC on FOX 26, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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