Are you ready for the biggest shocker you’ll hear today? A professional athlete who was popped for taking a banned substance is admitting to knowingly consuming a performance-enhancing drug in order to gain an advantage.
No, ‘I took an unnamed, over-the-counter supplement that contained an illegal substance that I wasn’t aware of.’ No, ‘Someone tricked me into taking steroids.’ No, ‘I have never taken anything illegal in my life and will fight this until I can find a loophole in the system to avoid suspension.’
Featherweight Brian Ortega (pictured) is accepting full responsibility for consuming the anabolic steroid drostanolone in his UFC debut against Mike de la Torre.
The 23-year-old expressed his remorse via Instagram over the weekend:
The California State Athletic Commission has issued Ortega a nine-month suspension retroactive to his July 26 bout at UFC on FOX 12, fined him $2,500 and overturned his submission victory over de la Torre to a no contest.
The no contest is the lone blemish “T-City” has on his resume in nine professional fights.
Ortega, who transitioned from RFA as the promotion’s featherweight champion, followed in the unfortunate footsteps of Kevin Casey. Casey was promoted to the UFC after becoming RFA’s inaugural middleweight champ, then got busted for taking drostanolone in his first fight for the UFC.