UFC bantamweight Amanda Lemos gets two-year USADA suspension

Brazilian UFC bantamweight Amanda Lemos is the latest example of a once sparkling MMA career tarnished by a performance enhancement violation.

The 6-1-1 bantamweight fighter has been suspended for two years for testing positive for stanozolol, an anabolic steroid that has become a common finding among athletes who fail drug tests.

“Amandinha” has put together a winning MMA career in regional action in Brazil before she was signed by the UFC. Her only fight for the promotion resulted in a second round TKO at the hands of Leslie “Peacemaker” Smith.

Lemos has accepted the suspension, which is retroactive to the date of the out-of-competition test on November 8 of last year, making her ineligible to fight again until November 2019.

With this suspension, she becomes the 12th UFC athlete this year to receive a USADA suspension.

Veteran martial arts writer also published in Black Belt and Fight! Magazine.


  1. WHAT A JERK. that girl comes all the way from the streets and then cheats.
    that beatdown by leslie smith was so delicious. I liked about a minute near the end when she took a head kick with her hands down. her block got rocked!

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