UFC fighter Michael Prazeres has announced his retirement after being hit by a hefty four year suspension from the sport.
Prazeres had tested positive for multiple banned performance enhancing drugs, including clomiphene and oxandrolone metabolites along with having utilised “the exogenous administration of testosterone,” during out-of-competition urine tests between August and November of this year.
The reason that the 40-year-old’s suspension is so long is due to the fact that he already been handed a two-year ban back in March of 2019 after testing positive for two anabolic agents.
At the time Prazeres was coming off a loss against Ismail Nauradiev, ending an eight-fight winning streak that had seen ‘Tractor’ defeat the likes of Gilbert Burns, Josh Burkman, Bartosz Fabinski and Zak Cummings.
After serving his first suspension Prazeres returned to UFC action in June of this year, where he was submitted by Shavkat Rakhmonov.
Prazeres is now protesting his innocence after his latest failed drug tests, claiming that the substances were only being used as a fertility treatment.
“I told [USADA] everything. I said my wife and I were doing treatment to have another baby,” Prazeres told mmafighting.com. “This is not a steroid, this is a medication. They interviewed me, my wife and my doctor, they took all the receipts and medical records, the exams I’ve done, and these sons of b*tches still do that?”
Prazeres bows out of the sport with an overall 26-4 career record, including a 10-4 run in the UFC’s Octagon.