Piechota, 31, tested positive for growth hormone-releasing peptide 2 (GHRP-2 or pralmorelin) and free acid GHRP-2 (1-3), a metabolite of GHRP-2, following from a urine sample taken on September 25, 2020. GHRP-2 is a specified substance in the class of peptide hormones, growth factors, related substances and mimetics and is prohibited at all times under policy UFC Anti-Doping and UFC Prohibited List.
Piechota received a reduction of the default penalty of two years on the basis of his full cooperation. His 22-month ineligibility period began on September 25, 2020, when his positive sample was taken.
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