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New UFC signing Jose Henrique banned for 2 years



Jose Henrique, a recent UFC signee, has agreed to a two-year ban for breaking the organization's anti-doping rules, USADA said on Thursday.


According to USADA officials, Henrique tested positive for 19-norandrosterone and 19-norretiocholanolone, two metabolites of the anabolic steroid nandrolone, during an out-of-competition drug test on March 8.


Henrique will be able to compete on March 8, 2025, as his suspension is retroactive to the day of his failed test.


Henrique (6-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) joined the UFC in March but had not yet been scheduled for a fight that would be widely known.


“Upon being added to the UFC Anti-Doping Program, athletes are required to declare prohibited substances they have used in the previous 12 months,” USADA wrote in a statement.
“An athlete who makes such declaration will not be deemed to have committed a violation but, depending on the substance, may be required to refrain from competition for a period of at least six months and provide at least two negative samples.
“[Henrique] did not declare the use of nandrolone and/or other 19-norsteroids on his onboarding declaration forms.

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