One of UFC's longest serving veterans has been suspended following a red flag by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
UFC announced Friday (Dec. 4, 2015) that Brazilian lightweight fighter Gleison Tibau has been "provisionally suspended" due to a potential failed out-of-competition drug test by their independent administrator, USADA.
The mixed martial arts (MMA) company posted a statement on their website a short time ago:
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has notified both Gleison Tibau and UFC that he has been provisionally suspended due to a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition test.
USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Gleison Tibau. Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time in the process.
Well, that clears up nothing.
Tibau made short work of his last opponent, Abel Trujillo, less than a month ago at UFC Fight Night 77 on Nov. 7, improving his UFC record to 17-9.
A massive lightweight, Tibau owns a victory over the current lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos, and is the only fighter to resist all takedown attempts in his fight with Russian Combat Sambo champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Despite failing the eye test, Tibau has been sparkling clean in his nine year UFC run, never failing a single drug test.
And until we learn more about this statement, that run appears intact.