Anyanwu latest UFC Heavyweight to be flagged by USADA

November 4, 2017

Heavyweight Zu Anyanwu was notified of a potential UFC anti-doping violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on October 18th.  As is standard, he has been provisionally suspended from the organization.

Anyanwu was one of the fighters signed to a UFC contract after appearing on Dana White’s Contender Series on Fight Pass.  In his UFC debut, he dropped a split-decision to Justin Ledet.

The UFC released its standard statement when USADA notifies it about a flagged test:

The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Azunna Anyanwu of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on October 18, 2017.

Payout Perspective:

Anyanwu is the latest heavyweight to be flagged for a potential violation.  Ion Cutelaba was taken off of UFC 217 due to a violation from a test at about the same timeframe as Anyanwu.  Carlos Felipe was flagged this past September.  In addition, Junior, Dos Santos, Ben Rothwell and Josh Barnett have been flagged by USADA.  It would be interesting to look at the circumstances surrounding each of their drug test failures.

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