Lavar “Big” Johnson (pictured) is in big trouble. Two days after the California State Athletic Commission revealed the heavyweight registered positive for elevated levels of testosterone following his unanimous decision defeat to Brendan Schaub at UFC 157, MMAJunkie is reporting the slugger has been released by the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Johnson’s roster spot was already in jeopardy because last month’s loss was his second straight. However, given the UFC’s quick firing trigger finger of late and their recent stance against drug abusers, the writing was plastered all over the Octagon wall after his failed drug test came to light.
The Strikeforce transfer was issued a nine-month suspension retroactive to his February 23rd fight date by the CSAC.
The 35-year-old owns a 17-7 professional record, with 15 of his wins coming via some form of knockout. He lost half of his four fights in the big leagues.
Johnson joins the likes of Thiago Tavares, Rousimar Palhares, Thiago Silva, Stephan Bonnar, Jake Shields, Ed Herman, Matt Riddle, Alex Caceres and Riki Fukuda to recently flunk drug tests under the UFC’s watch.
Riddle, Johnson and Fukuda were issued their pink slips following their flunked exams. Bonnar headed for retirement.
UFC 157 took place inside Honda Center in Anaheim, California.