Bad news for one young undefeated Brazilian heavyweight turned into good news for another.
After issues with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency kept 22-year-old Carlos Felipe (8-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) out of his octagon debut, which was set for next month’s UFC Fight Night 119, 25-year-old Marcelo Golm (4-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) was chosen to step in against Christian Colombo (8-2-1 MMA, 0-1-1 UFC). UFC officials announced the new matchup today.
UFC Fight Night 119 takes place Oct. 28 at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo. It airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
The undefeated Golm makes his UFC debut riding a four-fight winning streak – all first-round knockouts. The 37-year-old Colombo looks for his first UFC win after a draw with Jarjis Danho in his debut and a loss to Brazil’s Luis Henrique.
The news comes less than two days after Felipe was notified of a possible USADA violation stemming from an out-of-competition test. The Brazilian up-and-comer, who’s unbeaten in eight pro bouts, has since taken to social media to deny any wrongdoing.
“I am fully aware that I didn’t make use of any substances prohibited by USADA,” Felipe said in an Instagram post. “Since I signed with the UFC, I’ve stopped taking even caffeine pills. I’ll be awaiting USADA’s judgment. In light of that, I apologize to everyone who was looking forward to this fight.”
Venho através desse, comunicar minha saida do ufc são paulo, dia 28 de outubro. Fui informado de uma potencial violação no teste anti-dopping…tenho plena conciência que não fiz uso de nenhuma substância proibida pela USADA Desde que assinei com o UFC! nem cafeína em cápsula passei a tomar mais! Estarei aguardando o julgamento da USADA…mediante a isso peço desculpas a todos que estavam ansiosos pra essa luta.
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The latest UFC Fight Night 119 card now includes: