UFC fighter Oskar Piechota has been banned from competing for 22 months by USADA for an anti-doping violation dating back to September 25th of 2020.
“Piechota, 31, tested positive for growth hormone releasing peptide 2 (GHRP-2 or pralmorelin) and GHRP-2 (1-3) free acid, a metabolite of GHRP-2, as the result of a urine sample collected on September 25, 2020,” a statement from USADA reads. “GHRP-2 is a Specified Substance in the class of Peptide Hormones, Growth Factors, Related Substances and Mimetics and is prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy and UFC Prohibited List.
“Piechota received a reduction to the default two-year sanction based on his Full and Complete Cooperation. His 22-month period of ineligibility began on September 25, 2020, the date his positive sample was collected.”
The 31-year-old Piechota was already struggling in the UFC, having failed to find a win in his past four Octagon outings.
That spell included two submission losses in a row against Gerald Meerschaert and Rodolfo Vieira, followed by a KO loss against Punahele Soriano, and most recently a TKO stoppage loss to Marc-Andre Barriult that was later amended to a no-contest ruling after his opponent tested positive for the banned substance Ostarine.
As such the former Cage Warriors champion’s future in the UFC was already in jeopardy and this lengthy ban from the sport only makes matters worse.