If you think United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) is only going after the big dogs, you’re highly mistaken.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight Jingliang Li was notified of a potential anti-doping violation from an out-of-competition sample collected on May 18, 2016. That was one month before Li took out Anton Zafir at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 23 Finale via first round knockout in Las Vegas, Nevada.
From UFC’s official statement:
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. 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.
The Nevada State Atlhetic Commission (NSAC) will also have something to say about the failed test.
After making his Octagon debut back in 2014, Li has alternated wins and losses, racking up a 3-2 record.
Li is just one of many UFC fighters that have been popped by USADA this year, as others such as Brock Lesnar, Jon Jones, and Chad Mendes — just to name a select few -- were also unable to escape USADA’s agents.