Ricardo Abreu hit with USADA violation while under 2-year suspension

Ricardo Abreu suspended four years by USADA after second violation

In February, UFC middleweight Ricardo Abreu was hit with his second U.S. Anti-Doping Association (USADA) violation.  Abreu was already under suspension when the second hit came, and today the fighter learned his fate.

USADA handed down a four-year suspension for the 33-year old Brazilian fighter.

The second violation came from an out-of-competition sample collection taken on December 21, 2016.

He was already serving a two-year suspension under the UFC Anti-Doping Program, after the anabolic steroid metabolites 19-norandrosterone (19-NA) and 19-noretiocholanolone were detected in a sample collected from Abreu on June 3, 2016.

He would have  been eligible to return to competition next year,  July 1, 2018.

In two UFC fights, Abreu went 1-1. He last fought against Jake Collier in June 2015, a split decision loss.