The UFC released a statement regarding Li Jingliang, who tested positive for a banned substance recently.
Jingliang, who defeated Anton Zafir for his third Octagon win in July, has not been given a provisional suspension, though, by the USADA. The Nevada Athletic Commission dd temporarily suspend him from competition.
“The UFC organization was notified by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) that it has informed Li Jingliang of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection on May 18, 2016,” an official UFC statement reads. “USADA also informed the UFC that it initiated an investigation into the source of the prohibited substance detected in Jingliang’s sample prior to notifying him of the potential violation. Because of this investigation, USADA has not issued a provisional suspension against Jingliang at this time.
“USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case. It is important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, a full and fair legal review process is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. The Nevada State Athletic Commission has also retained jurisdiction over this matter because Jingliang’s sample was collected prior to his participation on The Ultimate Fighter Finale card on July 8, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“Consistent with all previous potential anti-doping violations, additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.”