UFC world-ranked featherweight Yair Rodriguez has been suspended for six months for a whereabouts violation, the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced Thursday.
Rodriguez (13-2, 8-1 UFC), who was in line to fight Zabit Magomedsharipov next month, will be ineligible to compete until March 8, 2021. His suspension is retroactive to Sept. 8.
Rodriguez has not tested positive for any banned substance, but he hasn't been tested at all in a year, leading to the suspension.
USADA, the UFC's anti-doping partner, attempted to get samples from Rodriguez three times in a 12-month span but could not. The Mexico native failed to provide his location, as required, so collectors would know where to show up to administer random drug tests.
Rodriguez, 28, could have been suspended for 12 months but was handed a reduced sanction because he was not intentionally avoiding getting tested, USADA said.
Rodriguez, who has not fought since October 2019, was supposed to have fought Magomedsharipov in August but withdrew because of injury.
--Field Level Media