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UFC’s Ricardo Abreu suspended two years by USADA for positive steroid test

E. Casey Leydon, MMA Fighting

An Ultimate Fighter Brazil alum is the latest to be hit with a UFC anti-doping policy violation.

USADA suspended UFC middleweight Ricardo Abreu for two years after he tested positive for two steroid metabolites in an out-of-competition test, the UFC's anti-doping partner announced Friday. The sample was taken June 3. Abreu is not eligible to return to the Octagon until July 1, 2018.

Norandrosterone and noretiocholanolone were the two substances found in Abreu's system. Both are metabolites of the anabolic steroid nandrolone.

Abreu (5-1) has not fought since a loss to Jake Collier in June 2015. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt. pulled out of two fights due to injury in the last year, including a potential bout with Daniel Kelly at UFC 193 back in November. Abreu, 32, lost by split decision on TUF Brazil 3 against Marcio Alexandre, but came back to beat Wagner Silva via second-round submission at the TUF Brazil Finale in 2014.

"Demente" is the fourth UFC fighter to get a two-year ban from USADA due to an anti-doping violation. The others were Mirko Cro Cop, Gleison Tibau and Chad Mendes, who found out his fate last week.

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