Cutelaba Pulled from UFC 217

Heavyweight UFC fighter Ion Cutelaba was pulled from his UFC 217 bout with Michal Oleksiejczuk not long before the event’s ceremonial weigh-ins on Friday, as Cutelaba has been flagged by USADA for a potential anti-doping violation.

Cutelaba successfully made weight earlier in the day, but USADA announced in a press release that it investigated disclosures made by the UFC heavyweight during out-of-competition sampling back on Oct. 18 and 19.

“USADA will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Cutelaba. 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.”

The UFC, meanwhile, released the following statement:

“The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Ion Cutelaba of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from its investigation into voluntary disclosures by Cutelaba during an out-of-competition sample collections on October 18 and October 19, 2017. USADA has provisionally suspended Cutelaba and his fight against Michal Oleksiejczuk has been cancelled from the November 4, 2017, UFC 217 fight card.”

With such short notice of the cancelation, Oleksiejczuk will not compete at UFC 217, and the event will proceed with 11 bouts.

The light heavyweight bout between Ovince Saint Preux and Corey Anderson has been moved from the UFC Fight Pass prelims to the Fox Sports 1 prelims due to the card change.

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