The UFC on Friday announced that the failed drug test stemmed from
an out-of-competition sample collected on Aug. 1. As a result, de
Lima was provisionally suspended and pulled from his proposed clash
Safarov scheduled for Sept. 2 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The
Las Vegas-based promotion is currently seeking a replacement
opponent for Safarov.
As usual, USADA will handle the results management and appropriate
adjudication of de Lima’s case moving forward. The 32-year-old
Brazilian is entitled to a full legal process before any sanctions
are imposed. The substance for which de Lima tested positive was
De Lima last appeared at UFC Fight Night 108, where he was
submitted by Ovince St.
Preux in the second round on April 22. “Pezao” is 4-3 since
beginning his Octagon tenure in May 2014.