Sarah Frota’s brief UFC stint has come to a rather abrupt end. After being slapped with a two-year suspension, she was released from the promotion.
Upon her arrival into the UFC, Brazil’s then unbeaten 9-0 Sarah Frota seemed like a welcome addition. Unfortunately, things didn’t work out as planned for “A Treta.”
On Tuesday, USADA released a statement revealing that Frota tested positive for the synthetic anabolic steroid, stanozolol, on the date of her last fight which came in July. Thus resulting in a two-year suspension.
“Frota Lima, 32, tested positive for multiple stanozolol metabolites, including 16α-hydroxystanozolol, 3’,16-dihydroxystanozolol, and 4β,16-dihydroxystanozolol, as the result of an in-competition urine sample she provided on July 27, 2019 at UFC 240 Edmonton, where she lost by technical knockout,” The statement reads. “Stanozolol is a non-Specified Substance in the class of Anabolic Agents and prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.
“Frota Lima’s two-year period of ineligibility, the standard sanction for a non-Specified Substance under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, began on July 27, 2019, the date her positive sample was collected. The athlete’s positive test also falls under the jurisdiction of the Edmonton Combative Sports Commission, which has accepted USADA’s resolution of the case and recognized its sanction. Frota Lima has not competed in the UFC since her fight on July 27, 2019.”
Frota earned her way to the UFC with a first-round knockout of Maiara Amanajás on Dana White’s Contender Series: Brazil in August 2018. Her UFC debut would come a few months later in February.
Scheduled for a 115-pound strawweight clash, Frota would weigh in at a staggering 123-pounds. Regardless, she would still end up on the wrong side of a split decision loss to former Invicta FC champion, Livia Renata Souza.
Subsequently, Frota’s sophomore UFC appearance came this past July as mentioned. She would move up to the 125-pound flyweight class and suffer yet another loss when facing the rising prospect in Gillian Robertson. Frota would lose via second-round TKO.
In wake of the suspension, MMA Fighting has confirmed that Frota has also been released from the promotion
Generally, we don’t see fighters released along with their suspensions being handed out. Presumably, because it leaves fighters locked in a “UFC limbo” of sorts so that they can’t go and compete elsewhere. But now in Frota’s case, she should be able to still find places to compete. The most realistic of those locations being somewhere overseas.
A similar situation would be to that of recent UFC light heavyweight signing, Ivan Shtyrkov, who was released following doping violations of his own. Shortly after the news broke, Shtyrkov would go on to fight for RIZIN Fighting Federation in Japan. The Russian is also currently under a two-year suspension from USADA.
However, it should be noted that when competing under such circumstances that it could lead to additional penalties if the fighters ever to return and fight in a state or country overseen by a commission that works with USADA (or another governing body).
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The Scrap’s Drake Riggs is a MMA writer and YouTuber based out of Brush Prairie, Washington who specializes in feature pieces, the women’s fight scene, lists, news coverage, and rankings. Riggs has been a passionate MMA fan since 2009 and has written for various news sources. You can follow him on Twitter (@Dre_Kriggs).