UFC Star Carlos Felipe Faces Ban For Positive Steroid Test
UFC heavyweight fighter Carlos Felipe was suspended for 18 months due to a positive drug test for a steroid.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) has banned Felipe for 18 months after the UFC heavyweight star tested positive for a steroid.
The ban will take place from immediate effect, meaning that he will be allowed to compete in April 2023.
According to NSAC executive director Jeff Mullen, Felipe was tested for the anabolic agent boldenone and its metabolites after the UFC Fight Night co-main event with Andrei Arlovski on October 16.
The 27-year-old got 15% of his fight purse and attorney fees. He had also lost the fight to Arlovski via unanimous decision.
His manager Tiago Okamura seemed surprised once he got to know of the test result.
He claimed that the Brazilian fighter must have consumed the drug unintentionally and chose to go for the 18-month ban because legal costs would have approached $10,000 if Felipe continued to fight the charge and he could not afford that.
“Unfortunately, the amount needed to put up a proper defense along with the testing of all products was not something realistic for Carlos,” the manager said.
However, this isn’t the first time Felipe has had a run in with a positive drug test. Earlier, the USADA had suspended him for two years before he could debut for the UFC.