Abreu retires from MMA after second flagged test
February 3, 2017
UFC middleweight Ricardo Abreu has retired from MMA after receiving another notice of a possible violation of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy. Abreau, already serving a 2-year ban, admits that he’ll probably fail this test and is leaving the sport. He cites depression as one of the reasons for his downfall.
A portion of the UFC statement on Abreu’s second flagged test reads:
The UFC organization was formally notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Ricardo Abreu of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection taken on December 21, 2016.
Abreu is currently 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. Under his current suspension, Abreu is not eligible to return to competition until July 1, 2018.
According to MMA Fighting, Abreu suffered from depression and his decision to retire is to focus on his health and his family.
Based on the backstory, it appears that Abreu was going through some financial uncertainty as well as career issues. This might be the excuse for the reason he took PEDs. Still, that should be no excuse as he put himself and others in danger by taking them.