The Nevada State Athletic Commission suspended UFC fighters Carlos Felipe and Zviad Lazishvili on Tuesday due to failed drug tests stemming from both of their previous fights.
Felipe (27), received an 18-month suspension after he tested positive for the anabolic agent Boldenone and it’s metabolites. The test came from his bout against Andrei Arlovski on Oct. 26, which he lost by unanimous decision. As a result of the failed drug test, he has been ordered to pay a fine of $4,200 (15% of his fight purse) and pay $489 in prosecution fees.
The suspension is retroactive to the night it was taken, meaning Felipe will be cleared to fight on April 16, 2023.
Felipe’s manager, Tiago Okamura, told MMA Fighting that despite accepting the suspension, his client maintains his innocence on this matter and says that he simply didn’t have the financial means to obtain proper representation to dispute the positive test results.
Lazishvili (30), was handed down a nine month suspension after he tested positive for an estrogen blocker called clomiphene. The test came from his UFC debut bout against Jonathon Martinez on Oct. 23, which he lost by unanimous decision. He has been ordered to pay a fine of $1,800 (15% of his fight purse) and $326 in prosecution fees.
The suspension is retroactive to the night it was taken so Lazishvili will be eligible to return to competition on July 24.
Source: MMA Fighting