UFC veteran Michel Prazeres has been sentenced to a four-year suspension from the United States Anti-Doping Agency following a second UFC anti-doping policy violation.
USADA officials announced the news Thursday.
“Prazeres suffered his first violation after testing positive for boldenone and serving a two-year suspension from March 9, 2019,” USADA officials wrote.
“Prazeres, 40, tested positive for clomiphene and its metabolites (desethyl-clomiphene, clomiphene M1 and clomiphene M2), oxandrolone metabolites and exogenous administration of testosterone and / or its precursors following urine samples collected in competition on August 27, 2021, September 16, 2021, October 15, 2021 and November 2, 2021.
According to USADA, specialized tests were performed on Prazeres’ sample to detect banned substances in his system, which led to a heavy penalty.
“Prazeres urine sample was analyzed using a specialized test known as the carbon isotope ratio (CIR) test, which differentiates between anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS) naturally produced by the body and banned anabolic agents of external origin, ”USADA officials said.
“The CIR test confirmed the presence of testosterone and / or its precursors of external origin in the urine sample from Prazeres.”
Based on the UFC’s second anti-doping policy violation, Prazeres was given a four-year suspension, which was reverted to his first test on August 27.
This means he would not be eligible to compete again until or after August 27, 2025, but sources say the Brazilian ultimately decided to pull out of the competition because he would be out of action for so long.
Prazeres, 40, had previously requested his release from the UFC after 14 fights with the promotion dating back to 2013. He went 10-4 overall with notable wins over Gilbert Burns and Mads Burnell in his run with UFC.
Guilherme Cruz of MMA Fighting contributed to this report.