Nine PFL fighters served suspension for use of prohibited substances; the banned substances they took have been exposed

Nine fighters from the Professional Fighters League (PFL) have been handed suspensions by the Nevada Athletic Commission. The PFL has already taken the bold step of removing all fighters flagged by the Commission from the ongoing 2023 season. Fines will also have to be paid as part of the disciplinary procedures.

Former PFL heavyweight champion Bruno Cappelozza received a nine-month suspension for testing positive for drostanolone, an anabolic steroid. A victory over Matheus Scheffel was overturned to a no-contest and Capelozza was also ordered to pay an $11,125 fine and $326 in prosecution fees before he can compete again. The suspension runs until January 7, 2024.

Krzystof Jotko, who has also previously fought for the UFC, was suspended for six months after being found to have taken clomiphene. The drug is used by women as a fertility treatment, but can also alter the levels of testosterone in men. A $6,500 fine will be subtracted from Jotko’s purse, while he will also be required to pay another $326 in prosecution fees before making a return to the sport after October 1.

Alejandro Flores was also suspended for six months after testing positive for furosemide, a diuretic. A $2,600 fine and another $326 in prosecution fees were imposed with Flores able to compete again after October 1.

Several other PFL fighters were handed extended temporary suspensions by the Commission, pending finalisation of an adjudication agreement scheduled for the next meeting in June. Thiago Santos, a former UFC fighter and now light heavyweight in the PFL, was also found to have taken clomiphene and remains suspended.

Daniel Torres was suspended after he tested positive for drostanolone, while Will Fleury tested positive for the same drug and is now suspended. Cezar Ferreira was found to have taken clomiphene and 19-norandrostorone, a metabolite of nandrolone and bolandione(anabolic steroids) and Mohammad Fakhreddine was found to have taken drostanolone, stanozolol and GW1516 which are all banned substances.


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