Pessoa Nunes, 32, tested positive for hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) and its metabolites chlorothiazide and 4-amino-6-chloro-1,3-benzenedisulfonamide (ACB) following urine samples taken out of competition February 9, 2021, February 15, 2021, February 16, 2021 and March 4, 2021. HCTZ is a specified substance in the class of diuretics and masking agents and is prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy and List UFC bans. Because Pessoa Nunes was not yet notified of the positive tests before all four samples were collected, they were treated as a single second violation.
The Athlete also evaded Sample collection on January 25, 2021 and January 28, 2021. Avoiding Sample collection, or refusing or not submitting to Sample collection, without compelling justification, is a violation of the doping under the UFC anti-doping policy. Pessoa Nunes was only made aware of the breakout violations after his positive tests were reported. Therefore, the fraud violations were also combined into a single second violation.
Pessoa Nunes’ period of ineligibility began on February 9, 2021, when his first positive sample was collected.
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