Andre Galvao: ‘Why are we just finding out now that Felipe Pena tested positive for PEDs?’

Andre Galvao: ‘Why are we just finding out now that Felipe Pena tested positive for PEDs?’



Last week, USADA announced that 2014 black belt IBJJF World and 2015 World Pro Champion Felipe Pena known as ‘Preguica’ had tested positive for testosterone and accepted a one-year sanction for his doping offense:

Pena claims that Testosterone cream is the cause. After a thorough review of the case, USADA accepted Pena’s explanation that his positive test was caused by his use of a testosterone cream provided to him by a healthcare provider.

Andre Galvao lost to Pena in the final of heavyweight at the 2014 worlds.




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He obviously wasn’t happy about the news and questioned why are we only now learning about this when it happened a year before.

He wrote the folowing statement on his Facebook page:


“Felipe Pena has been disqualified from all competitions he competed in after May 31st, 2014. Why are we just finding out now that he tested positive for banned substances?

When did the IBJJF learn of this? The IBJJF knew about the test. We know that because Felipe wasn’t fighting the IBJJF events since last Worlds. What is the reason of announcing a suspension if it is already over? I know that is to show everyone Felipe lost the title. But what about the other competitors? What about the serious business? What about the example?

The damage is done! Other organizations let Pena compete in their events (likely during the same time he had the substances still in his system). Sponsors gave sponsorships and a year of walking around selling himself as a World Champion occurred.

What is the truth? The truth is holding back this knowledge and not changing the results of the events is disrespectful to the other competitors. Not only would I have been the World Champion last year, but I would have secured enough points to push Team Atos to the top of the podium.

Well let’s see what happen. I just feel very disrespected. I’m just using Felipe here as an example and I’m part of it because I fought him last year. My main concern is why it took so long?

PS: Ibjjf Website Still have him as 1st place even after he get banned by USADA. Just get in the IBJJF webpage and check that out.”