USADA announced today that Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos, of Curitiba, Brazil, has accepted a one-year sanction for a violation of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy.
Zaleski dos Santos, 35, tested positive for ostarine as the result of a urine sample collected out-of-competition on March 14, 2022. Ostarine is a non-Specified Substance in the class of Anabolic Agents and prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy and UFC Prohibited List.
The UFC Prohibited List establishes a default one-year sanction for positive tests involving Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators (SARMs), like ostarine, in circumstances where they are reported at lower urinary concentrations (between 0.1 ng/mL and 1 ng/mL) and the athlete is not able to demonstrate based on a balance of probabilities that their positive test arose from supplement contamination. In this particular case, the athlete presented evidence involving a supplement product purchased from a compounding pharmacy in Brazil but was unable to meet his burden to establish contamination.
Zaleski dos Santos’ one-year period of ineligibility began on March 14, 2022, the date of his positive test.
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