Former UFC Fighter Suspended For Failing Anti-Doping Test, Even After Being Cut From Promotion
Geraldo de Freitas was served a two-year suspension, even though he isn’t part of the UFC anymore.
The USADA, U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, published a report which claimed that, while the Brazilian fighter was competing in the promotion, he was using banned substances.
“De Freitas, 30, tested positive for exogenous administration of testosterone and/or its precursors as the result of an out-of-competition drug test collected on October 14, 2020,” USADA officials wrote in a statement.
“The sample results of the initial analysis were reviewed within the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) program, which tracks multiple urinary biological parameters and their ratios over time, and the data triggered an atypical ABP finding including a deviation in the testosterone/epitestosterone (T/E) ratio and other steroid parameters when compared with de Freitas’ previous samples. This resulted in CIR testing on the sample,” it added.
But de Freitas said that he had no idea how the banned substances got into his blood. He thought it was an error.
In his defense letter, he mentioned that USADA tested him, and the test result was negative in 2020. He said he doesn’t understand why the USADA decided to check the negative test result again after almost a year.
The fighter also said he doesn’t know why the sample number of the document is different from the previous record they sent to him — 20A02225 instead of 20A02235. He once again mentioned that he is sure that it is just a mistake.
“As far as I was informed, the same [equipment] is responsible for submitting the fractions of my urine to a specific temperature to undergo new procedures so that the analysis at the end of the process does not suffer or gets harmed by any unwanted influence,” he wrote in the letter.
“Considering everything I reported to you, from sending a doc pack with wrong codes, disconnected justifications to so many mistakes being made repeatedly since 2011, I affirm that any such laboratory should be considered partial to perform the analysis in my counterproof,” de Freitas continued.
“And, finally, I request the annulment of the two-year sanction imposed to me, together with the non-disclosure of the suspicions that fell on me concerning my reputation. I ask you to consider the irregularity with the expiration dates of maintenance that I was able to verify during the follow-up of the tests to which my urine was submitted.”
But the independent arbitrator ultimately concluded that de Freitas could not prove his innocence. He is not able to compete until January 11, 2023.