UFC light heavyweight Marcos Rogerio de Lima has been pulled from his scheduled Sept. 2 bout against Saparbek Safarov at UFC Fight Night 115 after being flagged by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for a potential anti-doping violation, the UFC announced Friday.
De Lima’s potential violation stems from an out-of-competition sample collected on Aug. 1, according to a statement released by the UFC. As a result, the 32-year-old Brazilian has been provisionally suspended by USADA.
The UFC did not reveal the banned substance that resulted in de Lima’s potential violation.
De Lima (15-5-1) was slated to battle Dagestani light heavyweight Safarov at UFC Fight Night 115. The UFC is currently seeking a replacement to keep Safarov on the card.
De Lima is a four-year UFC veteran who was the first overall pick on the third season of The Ultimate Fight Brazil. “Pezao” has since competed seven times inside the Octagon, compiling a 4-3 record while competing as high as the heavyweight division.
All four of de Lima’s UFC victories have come via first-round stoppage, highlighted by wins over Clint Hester and Jeremy Kimball. De Lima suffered defeat in his most recent outing, succumbing to a second-round Von Flue choke at the hands of Ovince Saint Preux at UFC Fight Night 108.