Daniel Rodriguez Announces Positive Drug Test, Out of Noche UFC Fight with Santiago Ponzinibbio

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Daniel Rodriguez has announced that he has tested positive for a banned substance and will no longer be able to fight Santiago Ponzinibbio at UFC Noche.

Positive Drug Test

Rodriguez announced on social media that he has tested positive for a banned substance and will be unable to compete at UFC Noche. He tested positive for Ostarine which is on the USADA banned substance list. This news comes as a disappointment to both Rodriguez and his fans, as he was looking forward to the fight with Ponzinibbio.

Implications for Ponzinibbio

With Rodriguez out of the fight, Ponzinibbio is left without an opponent for UFC Noche. It is unclear at this time whether the UFC will be able to find a replacement fighter on short notice. Ponzinibbio has been preparing for this fight for months and will likely be disappointed by the news.

Rodriguez’s Future

Rodriguez’s positive drug test is a setback for his career. He will likely face a suspension from the UFC and may have difficulty finding fights in the future. It is unclear at this time how long his suspension will be or whether he will be able to return to the Octagon.

UFC Noche Fight Card

The women’s flyweight championship will be on the line when newly minted flyweight champion Alexa Grasso will look to defend her title for the first time when she takes on the former champ Valentina Shevchenk in a rematch.

Check out the full fight card below (subject to change):

  • Alexa Grasso vs. Valentina Shevchenko – for women’s flyweight title
  • Jack Della Maddalena vs. Kevin Holland
  • Anthony Hernandez vs. Roman Kopylov
  • Raul Rosas Jr. vs. Terrance Mitchell
  • Loopy Godinez vs. Sam Hughes
  • Edgar Chairez vs. Daniel Lacerda
  • Cynthia Calvillo vs. Elise Reed
  • Tracy Cortez vs. Jasmine Jasudavicius
  • Christos Giagos vs. Daniel Zellhuber
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