Antonio Nogueira Pulled from UFC Fight Night Bout for Failed Drug Test

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistOctober 19, 2017

CURITIBA, BRAZIL - MAY 14:  Antonio Rogerio Nogueira of Brazil poses for a post fight portrait backstage during the UFC 198 event at Arena da Baixada stadium on May 14, 2016 in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil.  (Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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Antonio Rogerio Nogueira has been taken off the UFC Fight Night card on Dec. 16 when he was scheduled to fight Jared Cannonier due to a potential drug test failure. 

Per a statement from UFC, Nogueira was informed by the United States Anti-Doping Agency on Thursday of a potential violation stemming from an out-of-competition drug test on Sept. 28. 

UFC noted it will be seeking a replacement opponent for Cannonier for the fight that will take place in Winnipeg, Canada. 

Per Mike Bohn of MMA Junkie, Nogueira denied any wrongdoing in a post on his official Instagram page. 

Nogueira has not fought since a TKO loss against Ryan Bader in November 2016. The 41-year-old was scheduled to return to the Octagon in June with a bout against Ilir Latifi before withdrawing due to a neck injury. 

The Brazlian mixed martial artist owns a 22-8 career record, though he's lost three of his last four fights. His only win since 2014 came against Patrick Cummins at UFC 198. 


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