Augusto de Freitas, 30, tested positive for exogenous administration of testosterone and / or its precursors following an out-of-competition drug test performed on October 14, 2020. The urine sample d ‘Augusto de Freitas was analyzed using a specialized test, known as the Carbon Isotope Ratio (CIR) test, which differentiates between anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS) naturally produced in the body and banned anabolic agents of ‘external origin. The CIR test confirmed the presence of testosterone and / or its precursors of external origin in the urine sample of Augusto de Freitas.
The sample results from the initial analysis were examined as part of the Athlete Biological Passport (AAP) program, which tracks several urinary laboratory parameters and their reports over time, and the data triggered a Atypical ABP result, including a deviation in testosterone / epitestosterone (T / E) ratio and other steroid parameters compared to previous samples from Augusto de Freitas. This resulted in a CIR test on the sample. All urine and blood samples taken from athletes are screened for ABP biomarker abnormalities that may indicate doping, which leads to follow-up testing and / or more specialized analysis.
USADA Full Statement
Anabolic agents have powerful performance enhancing abilities and can give an athlete an unfair advantage over their competition. All AAS are unspecified substances in the class of anabolic agents and are prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy (ADP) and the UFC Prohibited List.
During the evidence hearings, Augusto de Freitas argued that he did not know how the prohibited substance entered his body and sought to establish that the positive test was the result of various errors or his use of a substance authorized before its sample is taken. However, the referee concluded that the athlete’s theories had no convincing basis.
Augusto de Freitas’ two-year suspension period began on January 11, 2021, when his provisional suspension was imposed. The referee’s decision can be viewed here, along with all other UFC anti-doping policy refereeing decisions.
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In addition to education and testing, there are strong anti-doping programs to investigate whistleblowers and whistleblowers. USADA provides a number of avenues for reporting performance-enhancing substance abuse in order to protect clean athletes and promote clean competition. Any tips can be reported using the USADA Play Clean Tip Center, by email at [email protected], by phone at 1 877-Play Clean (1 877 752-9253), or by mail.