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USADA issues two-year ban to Tibau

The United States Doping Agency issued a two-year suspension to Janigleison Herculano Alves, known in the UFC as Gleison Tibau (33-12-0) for violating anti-doping policy.

Tibiau, 32, tested positive for Erythropoietin (EPO) in out-of-competition and in-competition tests October 23rd, 2015 in Coconut Creek, Florida and November 7th in Sao Paulo, Brazil, respectively.

Tibau is ineligible to compete retroactive from October 23rd, 2015.

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The USADA conducts an independent anti-doping program for the UFC.  It’s policies are available for viewing online.

The Comissao Atletica Brasileira de MMA (CABMMA) reversed Tibau’s win over Abel Trujillo at UFC Fight Night 77 from a win to a loss.

The UFC said on its website:

UFC recognizes the two-year sanction issued today to Gleison Tibau by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for violations of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy.

“UFC secured the services of USADA, a third-party agency, last year to administer its Anti-Doping Policy to ensure that all athletes compete on an even playing field, free of performance enhancing drugs. UFC supports the issuance of necessary sanctions to maintain a clean sport.

As of this writing, there was no official response to the sanctions from Tibau on social media.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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