It looks as if Andrea KGB Lee’s UFC 216 fight with Kalindra Faria has be cancelled. Both ladies were set to make their UFC debut on October 7.
While neither the UFC or Andrea Lee have given any statement regarding the situation, Guilherme Cruz at MMAfighting.com has reported that the fight is indeed off.
“Just hours after MMA Fighting reported “KGB” would meet fellow promotional newcomer Kalindra Faria on Oct. 7, Lee was informed she would not be able to make her Octagon debut without going through the USADA testing pool for six months since she has failed a drug test in the past, sources told MMA Fighting.”
Call me crazy, but doesn’t every manager, fighter, and the UFC itself know the rules? I mean, that fact shouldn’t just be something that accidentally slipped through the cracks. Right?
“5.7.4: A new or returning Athlete who admits or has an established and verifiable history of the Use, Attempted Use, or Possession of a substance or method
that is classified as prohibited at all times on the Prohibited List shall not be permitted to compete in UFC Bouts until he/she has made him/herself available for Testing for a minimum period of six months before competing.
At USADA’s discretion, such Athletes may also be required to provide a minimum of two negative Samples during the minimum six -month notice period before being cleared for competition.”
No matter what, Andrea Lee won’t be debuting until some time in 2018. There is no report yet if Faria will get a replacement fight. However, former Strikeforce champion, Sarah Kaufman, has already thrown her name into the hat.