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Cannetti notified of potential USADA violation, pulled from UFC FN 98

An employee of the Russia's national drug-testing laboratory holds a vial in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, May 24, 2016. The Russians have been accused of state-sponsored doping at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, and the IOC has asked WADA to carry out a full-fledged investigation and plans to retest Sochi samples. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Guido Cannetti will no longer be fighting at UFC Fight Night 98 in Mexico City. The 36-year-old bantamweight was notified of a potential violation of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s anti-doping policy.

The UFC wrote in a statement:

“The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has informed Guido Cannetti of a potential anti-doping violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on Oct. 5, 2016. USADA has provisionally suspended Cannetti based on the potential anti-doping violation.”

Cannetti, who was originally scheduled to fight Marco Beltran next Saturday, took to social media to express his thoughts on the situation.

“Today I was told that I would not be fighting because there’s a banned substance in the samples that were taken from me. I swear that I did not take anything that had a banned substance in it, I am very sad that I won’t be able to fight today. Up to this day I’m still training. I gave it my all in every training session. I was far away from my family for nothing. I spent money I didn’t have to train and now I don’t have a fight. I swear by all my family that I didn’t take any banned substance. The only thing it could have been was a supplement I took wasn’t labelled properly. I hope the situation resolves itself quickly because I am sad for all the sacrifices that I made for this fight.”

Cannetti is guaranteed a full legal review process per the UFC Anti-Doping Policy.

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