Zu Anyanwu failed a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) drug test and has been notified of a potential UFC anti-doping policy violation.
Officials announced the news on Friday.
The heavyweight’s failed test was the result of an out-of-competition sample collected on Oct. 18.
“USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Wallhead. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.”
Anyanwu (14-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC) signed with the UFC earlier this year after scoring a second-round knockout of Greg Rebello at the first DWCS event. A longtime CFFC fighter who previously held the organization’s heavyweight title, Anyanwu then suffered a split-decision defeat to Justin Ledet in his promotional debut.
That fight, which came on short notice, came at UFC Fight Night 116 in September, saw Anyanwu with a late rally, but it ultimately fell short. It snapped a five-fight winning streak.
Anyanwu hadn’t been booked for his second UFC fight before news of the potential USADA violation.
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