UFC flyweight Juancamilo Ronderos receives one-month USADA suspension for cocaine

Juancamilo Ronderos | Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLCJuancamilo Ronderos has received a sanction from UFC anti-doping partner U.S. Anti-Doping Agency after testing positive for cocaine. USADA announced Thursday that Ronderos (4-1) was suspended for one month following a positive drug test for cocaine and its metabolite benzoylecgonine stemming from an in-competition sample collected for his UFC debut on May 22 at UFC Vegas 27. Ronderos lost a flyweight bout to David Dvorak after stepping in on 24 hours’ notice for Raulian Paiva. Cocaine is a non-specified stimulant on the USADA’s prohibited list and is classified as a substance of abuse. Ronderos did not declare his use of cocaine prior to the bout. However, according to the USADA, he received a reduction in his period of ineligibility due to the following: ...under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, athletes may receive a reduced sanction for Substances of Abuse if they can establish by a preponderance of the evidence that the violation did not enhance, and was not intended to enhance, the athlete’s performance in a Bout and they subsequently complete a drug rehabilitation program. Ronderos’s suspension is retroactive to May 22, meaning he is already eligible to compete again. He was scheduled to fight Zarrukh Adashev this Saturday at UFC Vegas 33, but was forced to withdraw from the bout and was replaced by Ryan Benoit. It’s unclear whether Ronderos’ removal from Saturday’s card was related to his USADA suspension.

UFC flyweight Juancamilo Ronderos receives one-month USADA suspension for cocaine
Juancamilo Ronderos | Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

Juancamilo Ronderos has received a sanction from UFC anti-doping partner U.S. Anti-Doping Agency after testing positive for cocaine.

USADA announced Thursday that Ronderos (4-1) was suspended for one month following a positive drug test for cocaine and its metabolite benzoylecgonine stemming from an in-competition sample collected for his UFC debut on May 22 at UFC Vegas 27. Ronderos lost a flyweight bout to David Dvorak after stepping in on 24 hours’ notice for Raulian Paiva.

Cocaine is a non-specified stimulant on the USADA’s prohibited list and is classified as a substance of abuse. Ronderos did not declare his use of cocaine prior to the bout. However, according to the USADA, he received a reduction in his period of ineligibility due to the following:

...under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, athletes may receive a reduced sanction for Substances of Abuse if they can establish by a preponderance of the evidence that the violation did not enhance, and was not intended to enhance, the athlete’s performance in a Bout and they subsequently complete a drug rehabilitation program.

Ronderos’s suspension is retroactive to May 22, meaning he is already eligible to compete again.

He was scheduled to fight Zarrukh Adashev this Saturday at UFC Vegas 33, but was forced to withdraw from the bout and was replaced by Ryan Benoit. It’s unclear whether Ronderos’ removal from Saturday’s card was related to his USADA suspension.

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Raulian Paiva barely remembers first round of UFC Vegas 32 ‘war’ with Kyler Phillips

Raulian Paiva scored his third straight win in the UFC with a majority decision over Kyler Phillips | Zuffa LLCRaulian Paiva went to “war” with Kyler Phillips for 15 minutes at UFC Vegas 32 this past Saturday in Las Vegas, but has no recollection of almost a third of it. Paiva was successful in his bantamweight debut with a majority decision victory at the UFC APEX after back-to-back wins as a flyweight. But he only recalled what went down in the opening round, when he almost got finished by “The Matrix,” after watching it later in his hotel room. “To tell you the truth, of the first round, I remember being sitting down and looking at my corners and they looked worried, and then I saw Phillips hitting me,” Paiva said in an interview with MMA Fighting. “I was like, ‘What, so the fight has began already?’ I grabbed his leg then, and I remember nothing from that point on. [I don’t remember that I] got back up and went for the fight with him. I don’t remember that. I only remember seeing him hit me and fighting back, and then I don’t remember anything.” Paiva only recalls the second and third rounds, which he won on all judges’ scorecards despite being “like a zombie” in the opening frame. “Before the knockdown, all I remember is ‘Pateta’ [jiu-jitsu coach Fabio Prado] telling me to move my head and be careful because he was trying to pressure me,” he said. “That’s it. I don’t remember anything else. I knew it would be a complicated fight. I knew it would be a war, but I didn’t imagine I would get beat like that in the first round. “It was a crazy experience for me. I never got so tired in a fight like that, and never got knocked down before, but it was insane. It was awesome, too.” Paiva’s cornermen Prado and Urijah Faber told him he had won the bout before the official result was read, and Sal D’Amato was the only judge to give Phillips a 10-8 in the first. The other two had it 10-9, making it 29-28 in favor of the Brazilian. “I don’t think it was right [to make it a 10-8] because I was knocked down late in the first round and never stopped working,” Paiva said. “I kept moving and reacting. It’s a 10-8 when you get beat the entire round with no reaction.” Paiva and Phillips were awarded with the “Fight of the Night” bonuses, and Paiva plans on investing a share of that money in his next camp with Team Alpha Male in California. Prior to UFC Vegas 32, Paiva mentioned Raphael Assuncao as an ideal opponent next in case of a win, and doubled down on the callout afterwards. Assuncao initially took on social media to accept the challenge for November, but later changed his mind, wanting a “better name.” “Raphael would be a good fight because he’s ranked higher than me, but you can give me someone unranked. I just want to fight and stay busy,” Paiva said. “But if Raphael thinks it’s not an interesting fight and the UFC still books it, I’ll show him it’s interesting [laughs]. I’ll fight whoever comes as if they were the champion.”

Raulian Paiva barely remembers first round of UFC Vegas 32 ‘war’ with Kyler Phillips
Raulian Paiva scored his third straight win in the UFC with a majority decision over Kyler Phillips | Zuffa LLC

Raulian Paiva went to “war” with Kyler Phillips for 15 minutes at UFC Vegas 32 this past Saturday in Las Vegas, but has no recollection of almost a third of it.

Paiva was successful in his bantamweight debut with a majority decision victory at the UFC APEX after back-to-back wins as a flyweight. But he only recalled what went down in the opening round, when he almost got finished by “The Matrix,” after watching it later in his hotel room.

“To tell you the truth, of the first round, I remember being sitting down and looking at my corners and they looked worried, and then I saw Phillips hitting me,” Paiva said in an interview with MMA Fighting. “I was like, ‘What, so the fight has began already?’ I grabbed his leg then, and I remember nothing from that point on. [I don’t remember that I] got back up and went for the fight with him. I don’t remember that. I only remember seeing him hit me and fighting back, and then I don’t remember anything.”

Paiva only recalls the second and third rounds, which he won on all judges’ scorecards despite being “like a zombie” in the opening frame.

“Before the knockdown, all I remember is ‘Pateta’ [jiu-jitsu coach Fabio Prado] telling me to move my head and be careful because he was trying to pressure me,” he said. “That’s it. I don’t remember anything else. I knew it would be a complicated fight. I knew it would be a war, but I didn’t imagine I would get beat like that in the first round.

“It was a crazy experience for me. I never got so tired in a fight like that, and never got knocked down before, but it was insane. It was awesome, too.”

Paiva’s cornermen Prado and Urijah Faber told him he had won the bout before the official result was read, and Sal D’Amato was the only judge to give Phillips a 10-8 in the first. The other two had it 10-9, making it 29-28 in favor of the Brazilian.

“I don’t think it was right [to make it a 10-8] because I was knocked down late in the first round and never stopped working,” Paiva said. “I kept moving and reacting. It’s a 10-8 when you get beat the entire round with no reaction.”

Paiva and Phillips were awarded with the “Fight of the Night” bonuses, and Paiva plans on investing a share of that money in his next camp with Team Alpha Male in California.

Prior to UFC Vegas 32, Paiva mentioned Raphael Assuncao as an ideal opponent next in case of a win, and doubled down on the callout afterwards. Assuncao initially took on social media to accept the challenge for November, but later changed his mind, wanting a “better name.”

“Raphael would be a good fight because he’s ranked higher than me, but you can give me someone unranked. I just want to fight and stay busy,” Paiva said. “But if Raphael thinks it’s not an interesting fight and the UFC still books it, I’ll show him it’s interesting [laughs]. I’ll fight whoever comes as if they were the champion.”

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