Heavyweight Carlos Felipe has been released by the UFC shortly after being sanctioned by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).
Felipe’s departure from the UFC roster was confirmed by Guilherme Cruz of MMA Fighting on Tuesday.
In January, the Nevada-based commission gave Felipe a lengthy 18-month suspension after he tested positive for boldenone. The test dated back to October 2021, around the date of his last pro appearance.
The suspension stops Felipe from competing in the state of Nevada until April 2023.
This was the second time that Felipe was hit with a suspension in his career. He had previously been handed a two-year suspension by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in 2017 for a positive steroid stanozolol test.
Felipe had attained three wins through five appearances in the UFC. He had a winning streak snapped in his last appearance, losing a decision to veteran Andrei Arlovski.