UFC Fighter Francisco Rivera Handed 4 Year Suspension For Doping Aggravated By Fraud

In what I believe to be the first UFC athlete to be hit with an increased suspension for aggravating circumstances under the UFC’s custom tailored Anti-Doping Policy with USADA, Francisco Rivera was handed a 4 year ban by an independent arbitrator.

Rivera tested positive for clenbuterol as the result of an out-of-competition urine sample he provided on July 23, 2016.  His “B” sample also tested positive.

Rivera disputed the finding and proceeded to arbitration.  He compounded matters when, in course of preparing for arbitration, he presented fraudulent evidence trying to blame the finding on tainted meat from Mexico.  The arbitrator found this fraudulent evidence equalled aggravating circumstances and hit Rivera with a four year period of ineligibility retroactive to August  17, 2016.

In commenting on Rivera’s fraudulent evidence the Arbitrator provided the following reasons:

 

 

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