It was revealed earlier today that Gilbert Melendez (22-5 MMA, 1-3 UFC) failed a post-fight drug test following his UFC 188 fight against Eddie Alvarez in Mexico. The UFC released the news via the following statement:
“Following his bout at UFC 188 in Mexico City on June 13, UFC lightweight Gilbert Melendez tested positive for exogenous origin of testosterone metabolites. The UFC has a strict, consistent policy against the use of any illegal and/or performance enhancing drugs, stimulants or masking agents by our athletes. As a result of the positive test, Melendez has accepted a one-year suspension, effective from the date of the bout, for violating the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy and Promotional Agreement with Zuffa, LLC.”
Melendez also released his own statement regarding the test failure and subsequent ban:
“Regrettably, I tested positive in my post fight urine sample for UFC 188,” Melendez said. “I did not inject anything, but I am responsible and accept the consequences for the results. I will make sure I am better educated about the products I use and their implications. Going forward I will ensure no products I use will contain banned substances. I am sincerely apologetic to everyone who supports me, including my fans, sponsors and the UFC. I value your trust and respect and will do everything in my power to keep it.”
The 33-year-old was scheduled to face Al Iaquinta at UFC Fight Night 71 in San Diego on July 15th but has now been removed from the card and a replacement is being sought.