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Gleison Tibau drops appeal, accepts 2 year suspension for EPO

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  1. JayPettryMMA Danger Zone Aficionado Staff Member Sherdog.com Staff

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    http://mmajunkie.com/2016/02/ufc-li...-drop-usada-appeal-accept-two-year-punishment

    UFC lightweight Gleison Tibau expects to drop the appeal of two positive drug tests stemming from his most recent fight, he told MMAjunkie. In doing so, he will accept a likely two-year suspension from the UFC’s anti-doping partner, USADA.

    “I’ll take the minimum punishment under the new rules, which is a two-year suspension,” he said today. “So I’ll take the two years.”

    According to the UFC’s anti-doping policy, athletes who are found to have committed an anti-doping violation face a two-year suspension for an “non-specified substance or prohibited method” and a one-year suspension for a specified substance. Up to two years can be added to a sentence where “aggravating circumstances” are present. They also risk a disqualification of bout results “including, without limitation, forfeiture of title, ranking, purse or other compensation.”

    After news broke of the positive tests, Tibau released a statement in which he revealed he tested positive for recombinant human erythropoietin (EPO), but indicated he was innocent and would investigate USADA’s findings.

    But today, he said USADA asked him whether he wanted to continue his appeal or stop the process, which prompted his decision to end his appeal.

    Tibau did not divulge any additional details on USADA’s communication or what led to the request, but he said the cost of the appeal process prompted his change of heart.

    “It won’t do any good to spend all this money, to simply reduce the penalty by three to six months,” he said. “It’s not worth it. The expense is too great to try to appeal this. So I think I’ll end it now.
     
  2. chunglii No Me Duele

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    I bet he'll still hold his all time most fight records even after 2 years away.
     
  3. JayPettryMMA Danger Zone Aficionado Staff Member Sherdog.com Staff

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    I wonder if he didn't want the appeal to qualify as "aggravating circumstances", even though it would violate his due process among other things if an appeal by itself increased the suspension amount.
     
  4. The real JG Banned Banned

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    Good riddance. Never understood keeping a guy on the under card for 25 fights.
     
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    lol at Tibau insinuating that he's stopping the appeal because of money issues and not the fact that he's blatantly on gear and got caught red handed
     
  6. chunglii No Me Duele

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    He says himself the cost of the appeal process changed his mind. Seems like a legit reason. It'd be super fucked if appealing counts as aggravating circumstances. I really doubt that's the case. Aggravating circumstances are like lying, tampering with the sample, submitting fake sample, etc.
     
  7. Mongoosemk12 Green Belt

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    I wouldn't think an appeal would count at "aggravated circumstances". You have a right to appeal any legal decision if you believe the results to be false. You just have to pony up all the money for that up front and it sounds like the hearing will costs more than the 3-6 months of time or one fight purse.
     
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    Just watched his fights with Ferguson and Johnson lol. Anyone else go back and watch the cheaters most brutal losses when they finally get caught?
     
  9. SherdogJoe Banned Banned

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    It's so obvious he's guilty. They say stupid shit like "I fight professionally for 16 years and was never in this situation." which is tippy toe-ing around saying "I didn't do it".

    If a guy was really innocent he'd be saying shit like "I swear to god and on my children's life I never took anything/intentionally took anything" but they never say shit like that because they can't bring themselves to be that big of a bold-faced liar. Clearly guilty if you ask me.
     
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    dude was too jacked
     
  11. Kalmah Snap Jitsu Belt

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    Just like in prison they're all innocent, eh?

     
  12. MilesAbove Gold Belt

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    Always kinda liked Gleison. End of a strong UFC career.
     
  13. WinZip Trial Version Expired

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    Damn.

    USADA isn't fucking around.
     
  14. IBack666 Blue Belt

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    If only Gay Jesus would follow suit and indirectly confess like Tibau just did
     
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    I find it particularly amusing when someone says they are innocent after popping for stuff that's injectable. Pretty hard to argue about ingesting those substances, but they still do.
     
  16. JayPettryMMA Danger Zone Aficionado Staff Member Sherdog.com Staff

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    That's the thing, it's hard to accidentally take EPO, as far as I know. Maybe someone like Dim can tell me otherwise, but I don't think it's one of those "oops it fell into my bottle of gnc protein whey powder at the factory" situations.
     
  17. Screenshot_1706.png rafael cavalcante is a perfect example of that, since he got caught he come in 1 - 4 he can't seem to win since. he went from strikeforce lhw champion that beat incredible fighters like king mo, Yoel romero, to barely scraping a win together.
     
  18. Pacemaker Joe Silver Belt

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    I wonder if it was actually EPO or not. Novitzky mentioned this when he was on JRE:
    http://cyclingtips.com/2015/07/oxyg...rts-doping/comment-page-1/?curator=MediaREDEF

    There was also a report that he failed for a second substance on one of the two tests, we'll see what the USADA release says in a day or so probably.
     
  19. Pacemaker Joe Silver Belt

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  20. Darwinambrosius Thought you had a friend, boy?

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    So he's done for good basically?
     

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