Amanda Ribas, a new strawweight signee, has been flagged by the United States Anti-Doping Agency for an anti-doping violation.
Ribas has been removed by the UFC from her fight with Juliana Lima (9-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) at the Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale on July 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale features the UFC debut of former WSOF lightweight kingpin Justin Gaethje against Michael Johnson in the main event.
In a statement, the UFC said Ribas has been removed from the card and the UFC is currently seeking a replacement. The release said the United States Anti-Doping Agency will work with the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) that also has jurisdiction over the event (on the doping case).
Ribas was flagged for an out-of-competition sample collected earlier this month on June 7. The 23-year-old Brazilian and American Top Team fighter, who turned pro in 2014 and is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu and judo black belt, has won six of her seven pro bouts with three knockouts and two submissions.
It was claimed by Ribas that she did not knowingly take any illegal substances and still harbors a goal of becoming a UFC champion. Ribas also commented that she had been competing at a high level in judo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu since she was very young and remarked she is completely against any form of cheating in sports, as the use of performance enhancing drugs. Ribas also said she had never made use of illegal substances during her entire career. Ribas also said she has absolutely no idea as to the origin of her positive test with USADA and added she is working with USADA along with her managers and trainers to find out how this happened. The new signee of UFC added she will prove her innocence and will fight in the UFC and she will become UFC champion.
Ribas, who trains out of American Top Team in Florida, the #17th ranked Women’s Pound for Pound in Brazil. Ribas signed with the UFC in March this year and was all set to make her Octagon debut against fellow Brazilian Juliana Lima. Ribas, after scoring wins in six of her seven professional fights in Brazil, met with veterans of the sport on a regular basis who advised her to train in the United States. Ribas was recommended by Carlao Barreto and Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira, renowned former fighters and longtime friends of American Top Team head coach "Conan" Silveira, to train with the team that boasts both current female UFC champions, Amanda Nunes and Joanna Jedrzejczyk.
Ribas, the daughter of master Marcelo Ribas, trained on jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai as well as judo before she became part of the national youth team. Ribas appreciated the support provided to her by Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Amanda Nunes and had commented in the past referring to Jedrzejczyk and Amanda Nunes that she sees a UFC champion when she looks to one side and see a Bellator champion when she looks to the other end.
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