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Former TUF winner Diego Brandao accepts nine-month suspension for USADA marijuana violation

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The world has turned upside down for former TUF winner Diego Brandao.

Outside of being released by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) back in April after getting arrested for assault with a deadly weapon just 13 days earlier, the 28-year-old Brazilian has now accepted a nine-month suspension dating back to a United State Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) marijuana violation on Jan. 2 for his UFC 195 matchup with Brian Ortega.

The suspension, which is retroactive, was announced yesterday (Thurs., May 19, 2016) by USADA. Here is an excerpt from that report:

USADA announced today that Diego Brandao, of São Paulo, Brazil, tested positive for a prohibited substance and has accepted a nine-month sanction for his anti-doping policy violation.

Brandao, 28, tested positive for Carboxy-THC, a metabolite of marijuana and/or hashish, above the decision limit of 180 ng/mL, stemming from an in-competition sample collected on January 2, 2016 at UFC 195 in Las Vegas, Nev. Marijuana and hashish are in the class of Cannabinoids on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List, and prohibited, in-competition, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy.

This is crushing news for Brandao, who will now have to wait until October to get back into the cage. Not to mention the fact that he must first sign on with a new promotion.

As an exciting fighter who captured four finishes in six UFC victories (6-4 overall in the promotion), Brandao shouldn't have too much trouble landing another gig. Bellator MMA would be the obvious choice.

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