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Shooto Brazil champion fails drug test, stripped of title


Rafael Sobral won the vacant Shooto Brazil bantamweight championship with a decision win over Luciano Benicio on Nov. 13, but failed a drug test right after his win.

The Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA) announced on Thursday that Sobral (5-6-1, 1 NC) tested positive for drostanolone. The 30-year-old fighter was issued a two-year suspension.

CABMMA announced that Sobral’s win was overturned to a loss, making Nova Uniao’s Benicio (10-1) the new Shooto Brazil 135-pound champion.

Three other fighters were drug tested at the event, and the results came back negative for banned substances.

Sobral is the second fighter to lose a Shooto Brazil title after failing a drug test. In October 2015, UFC veteran Amilcar Alves was stripped of the light heavyweight belt after testing positive for 19-norandrosterone.

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