UFC heavyweight Raphael Pessoa suspended two years for anti-doping violation

Brazilian heavyweight Raphael Pessoa has authorized a two-one year suspension by the US Anti-Doping Agency following his 2d UFC anti-doping violation.

USADA officers announced the suspension on Monday.

“Pessoa Nunes, 32, tested certain for hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) and its metabolites chlorothiazide and 4-amino-6-chloro-1,3-benzenedisulfonamide (ACB) as the final result of urine samples accrued out-of-competition on February 9, 2021, February 15, 2021, February 16, 2021, and March 4, 2021. HCTZ is a Specified Substance within the class of Diuretics and Masking Brokers and is illegal the least bit cases below the UFC Anti-Doping Coverage and UFC Prohibited Listing. On legend of Pessoa Nunes became not but notified of the certain assessments except despite every thing four samples were accrued, they were handled as a single 2d violation,” read the USADA assertion.

“The athlete also finished with out sample assortment on January 25, 2021 and January 28, 2021. Evading sample assortment, or refusing or failing to publish to sample assortment, with out compelling justification is a doping violation below the UFC Anti-Doping Coverage. Pessoa Nunes had not been notified of the evasion violations except after his certain assessments were reported. Because of the this truth, the evasion violations were also blended into the single 2d violation.”

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Pessoa Nunes’ interval of ineligibility started on February 9, 2021, the date his first certain sample became accrued. He isn’t going to be ready to compete except Feb. 9, 2023.

Pessoa has fought three cases within the UFC. He misplaced in his promotional debut against Ciryl Gane in August 2019. He defeated Jeff Hughes in his 2d day day out October 2019. Pessoa final competed in July 2020, shedding to Tanner Boxer by TKO.

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