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Kelvin Gastelum Off UFC 212 Due to Potential Anti-Doping Violation

April 7, 2017 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

Marijuana appears to have knocked Kelvin Gastelum out of his fight at UFC 212. The UFC announced on Thursday that Gastelum and the company were informed by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency of a potential anti-doping violation involving THC, the metabolite found in marijuana. Gastelum is under a provisional suspension and has been pulled from his fight with Anderson Silva at the card.

The show takes place on June 3rd in Rio de Janeiro and will air on PPV after prelims on FOX Sports and UFC Fight Pass. The UFC’s full statement is below:

“The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) informed Kelvin Gastelum of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation involving Carboxy-Tetrahydrocannabinol (“Carboxy-THC”) which is a metabolite of marijuana and/or hashish, above the decision limit of 180 ng/mL, stemming from an in-competition sample collected in conjunction with his recent bout in Fortaleza, Brazil on March 11, 2017.

“USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Gastelum, as it relates to the UFC Anti-Doping Policy and future UFC participation. Because the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA) was the regulatory body overseeing the fight in Fortaleza and has licensing jurisdiction over Gastelum, USADA will work to ensure that the Commission has the necessary information to determine its proper judgment of Gastelum’s potential anti-doping violation. Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.

“As a result of the potential anti-doping violation against Gastelum, USADA has placed him under a provisional suspension. While the UFC Anti-Doping Policy affords Gastelum full and fair due process rights before any possible adjudication of his case, because of the proximity to Gastelum’s scheduled June 3rd bout against Anderson Silva, Gastelum is being removed from the card and a replacement is currently being sought.”