WEC featherweight Alexandre Nogueira has been suspended for one year (until May 31, 2009) and fined $2,500 by the California State Athletic Commission after testing positive for Boldenone at WEC 34 in June.
Nogueira (13-5-2), a former Shooto lightweight champion, was defeated by Jose Aldo via second-round TKO at the June 1st event. Despite losing three of his last four bouts, Nogueria was still regarded as a contender in the WEC’s featherweight division and was even mentioned as a possible opponent for an October bout against former UFC champion and WEC featherweight contender Jens Pulver.
A popular steroid commonly used by body builders and banned by Major League Baseball, Boldenone can show up on steroid tests for months after discontinuing use due to its long half-life.
Nogueira’s “A” sample was tested at Quest Diagnostics and his “B” sample was tested at Laboratoire de Controle du Dopage in Quebec, Canada.
He has the right to appeal the ruling.