The future of Azunna Anyanwu in the UFC is pretty much in doubt after he was flagged for doping violation when he allegedly tested positive during a random check on Oct. 18.
Apparently, the US Anti-Doping Agency received an out-of-competition sample from the 36-year-old when then tested positive for illegal substances.
The UFC released a statement saying that it will defer to the USADA on the management of the results as well as the “appropriate adjudication of this case.”
“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,” the statement read. “Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.”
Anyanwu lost his debut at the UFC in a split decision against Justin Ledet on Sept. 16 in the undercard at the UFC Fight Night 116 featuring Luke Rockhold vs. David Branch. Prior to that, he has been on a five-game winning streak in the CFFC and Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series 1 where he knocked out Greg Rebello on July 11.
Among the biggest names to have been suspended for doping violation is Jon Jones who was stripped of the light heavyweight title he wrested away from Daniel Cormier after testing positive for drugs again. Another high-profile fighter suspended for doping was Brock Lesnar who was told to stay from the Octagon for one year.
In July this year, Nick Diaz was suspended for failing to file his whereabouts so he can be checked by the USADA. In June 2017, George Sullivan was suspended for a year after clomiphene and metabolites were found in his system. Sullivan, however, maintained that the use was legally prescribed by his doctor. Still, the agency imposed the suspension because it was his second time to violate the anti-doping policy.