United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) was keeping itself busy over the summer and has now claimed another Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight veteran in the form of Marvin Vettori, who flunked an out-of-competition drug test back on Aug. 6.
But unlike past infractions, the promotion — as well as the governing body — will no longer announce drug-testing violations until the cases are resolved, which means “The Italian Dream” is providing this update of his own free will.
“Since the beginning of my career I have always been a clean fighter,” Vettori wrote on social media (via Sherdog.com). “I have never intentionally assumed anything that could favor my performances inside the cage because I am convinced that the results are the result of sacrifice, dedication, blood and sweat. This is just a small stop on the way to achieve what I have set. As soon as I will be allowed to return to the cage, I will do it as always at my best and with only one goal in mind.”
Vettori (12-4-1) has struggled to stay consistent over the past couple of years. After signing with UFC on the strength of a five-fight winning streak, the 25 year-old submission specialist has only managed to break even inside the Octagon at 2-2 with one majority draw.
His last appearance ended with a split-decision loss to middleweight wunderkind Israel Adesanya at UFC on FOX 29 back in April, and depending on how things shake out with USADA, it could be well into 2019 before “The Italian Dream” returns.