Gleison Tibau admits that the process of trying to fight a ban placed on him by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency is “too tiresome” to fight.
So Tibau told MMAFighting.com that he accepts the blame for taking EPO and will serve the two-year suspension handed down to him.
“It’s going to be it,” Tibau said. “They asked me if I wanted to appeal, but it was too tiresome. Three months of meetings at the court, that’s tiring. I don’t want to appeal anymore. I’m done. I expected it to be easier, but that demands a lot from you mentally, physically and financially.
“If I wanted to continue the appeal, I would have to pay all the court costs from now on, I would have to pay my lawyer, and the suspension would probably go down only three or six months, I don’t know, so I decided not to appeal.”
Combine the fact that the 32-year-old fighter would have to not only pay court costs, he would not be making any money competing at the same time. Tibau (34-11) scored a first round submission victory over Abel Trujillo last November to improve to 4-1 over his last five. The result has yet to be changed due to the failed drug test.
“I know two years won’t be easy,” he said. “I was always an active athlete, always competing. The fighters only gets paid when he fights. If you don’t fight, you don’t get paid.”