Giacomo Lemos was scheduled to face Tanner Boser in a heavyweight division affair at UFC 240, but was pulled from the bout due to a potential USADA violation.
It has been revealed now that Lemos tested positive for an illegal substance and has accepted a two year suspension from the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). Lemos is going to be able to return to action on July of 2021, since the suspension is retroactive to the date of the test failure.
USADA issued the following press release on the matter:
Giacomo Y Frederico Salvador de Lemos Accepts Sanction for Violation of UFC Anti-Doping Policy
USADA announced today that Giacomo Y Frederico Salvador de Lemos, of Santa Catarina, Brazil, has accepted a two-year sanction for a violation of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy after testing positive for a prohibited substance.
Lemos, 30, tested positive for drostanolone and its metabolite 2α-methyl-5α-androstan-3α-ol-17-one as the result of an out-of-competition urine sample he provided on July 9, 2019. Drostanolone is a non-Specified Substance in the class of Anabolic Agents and prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.
Lemos’ two-year period of ineligibility, the standard sanction for a non-Specified Substance under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, began on July 9, 2019, the date his positive sample was collected.
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