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.