Invicta FC star headed to UFC

Livia Renata Souza will make her Octagon debut vs. Jessica Aguilar at UFC Fight Night 126 in February.

The event takes place February 18 from Austin, Texas and the Frank Ervin Center. Donald Cerrone squares off with Yancy Medeiros in the main event.

Souza (11-1) previously held the Invicta FC strawweight title, falling via split decision to Angela Hill. Aguilar (19-6) is a former World Series of Fighting champion who has dropped her first two UFC bouts to Claudia Gadelha and Cortney Casey.

Below is the current UFC Fight Night 126 card:

Welterweight: Donald Cerrone vs. Yancy Medeiros

Lightweight: Sage Northcutt vs. Thibault Gouti

Flyweight: Ray Borg vs. Brandon Moreno

Heavyweight: Derrick Lewis vs. Marcin Tybura

Strawweight: Jessica Aguilar vs. Livia Renata Souza

Female Bantamweight: Tonya Evinger vs. Marion Reneau

Female Bantamweight: Lucie Pudilova vs. Sarah Moras

Welterweight: Brian Camozzi vs. Geoffrey Neal

Flyweight: Joby Sanchez vs. Roberto Sanchez

Carls Jon de Tomas fails test, released

The UFC has parted ways with Carls Jon de Tomas after the fighter failed a drug test.

De Tomas (8-2) missed with for his UFC Fight Night 123 bout with Alex Perez and was submitted in the second round. The 21-year-old signed with the UFC after winning his first seven pro bouts.

“The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Carls John de Tomas of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an in-competition sample collected following his weigh-in on December 8, 2017,” the UFC released in a statement. “Although de Tomas is no longer under contract with UFC, USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case, as it relates to the UFC Anti-Doping Policy. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed.

“The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) also retains jurisdiction over this matter as the sample collection was performed the day before de Tomas’ bout at UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs Ortega in Fresno, CA. Accordingly, USADA will work to ensure that the CSAC has the necessary information to determine its proper judgment of de Tomas’ potential anti-doping violation. Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.”

Bellator’s Thompson suspended

James Thompson has been dealt a one-year suspension for testing positive for the steroid drostanolone. Thompson lost to Philip De Fries at Bellator 191 in Newcastle, England in December.

The suspension was handed down by The Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation.

Thompson, 39 years old, has fought for Pride, EliteXC and Rizin over his 14-year MMA career. He holds wins over Dan Severn, Don Frye and Bobby Lashley.

The MMA Report was first to break the story.