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Lawlor, Nicolau notified of potential USADA anti-doping violations

Tom Lawlor, left, reacts to knocking out Gian Villante during a light heavyweight mixed martial arts bout during UFC Chicago on Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)
(AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)

UFC fighters “Filthy” Tom Lawlor and Matheus Nicolau were both flagged by the United States Anti-Doping Agency for potential anti-doping violations on Thursday evening.

Lawlor’s test failure stems from an out-of-competition test taken on Oct. 10. Lawlor did not have any upcoming bouts scheduled, but as a result of the test he has been provisionally suspended pending official adjudication.

“USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC anti-doping policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case,” according to a UFC statement, via MMA Fighting. “It is important to note that, under the UFC anti-doping policy, there is a full fair legal review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. Consistent with all previous potential anti-doping violations, additional information or UFC statements will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.”

Nicolau was scheduled to appear on the upcoming UFC Fight Night 100 card in Brazil against Ulka Susaki. Following his potential USADA violation, he was promptly pulled from the Nov. 19 card — the failed test stemming from an out-of-competition test taken on Oct. 13.

The substance(s) which Lawlor and Nicolau were flagged for have not been revealed to the public as it is USADA policy to not disclose the specific results until the fighters and their teams decide to do so.

Lawlor, an Ultimate Fighter Season 8 competitor, most recently competed at UFC 196 where he faced Corey Anderson. He lost a controversial unanimous decision.

Nicolau last fought at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale where he picked up an impressive split decision victory over top 10 flyweight John Moraga.

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