Brazilian caught at UFC admits using 'forbidden juice' and apologizes: 'I preferred to take the risk'

Joilton Peregrino had a banned substance detected in his urine and left his fight with Shara Magomedov in the UFC

'Juice' banned? Brazilian caught in UFC admits use and apologizes. Photo: Reproduction/Instagram/peregrinotuf

'Juice' banned? Brazilian caught in UFC admits use and apologizes. Photo: Reproduction/Instagram/peregrinotuf

The long-awaited debut of Joilton Peregrino in UFC turned into a nightmare on the eve of the event on Saudi soil. The Brazilian, who would be the main attraction of the preliminary card, was removed from the fight against Shara Magomedov after an anti-doping test reveals the presence of a prohibited substance in your body.

Aware of the responsibility of competing in the largest MMA of the planet, the Brazilian took the blame for what happened and revealed, on his social networks, that he had used an unspecified substance three months before signing with the UFC.

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“I actually used the 'juice' three months ago and had no idea I would sign with the UFC. I could have hidden in the mountains or gone to Thailand to hide as many do and have not been tested, but I chose to take the risk and believe I was clean and fit to fight,” Lutterbach wrote on social media.

Drug Free Sport International (DFSI), the entity that took over the UFC's anti-doping program after the separation from USADA, has not yet officially commented on the case and there is no information about the possible punishment that Peregrino could suffer.

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The unexpected turn of events generated great repercussions in the world of fights. The swift organization acted quickly and found a new opponent to Shara Magomedov, which now faces Antonio Trocoli.

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