UFC lightweight Gilbert Melendez (pictured) tested positive for exogenous origin of testosterone metabolites following his split decision defeat to Eddie Alvarez at UFC 188.
Melendez has been suspended one year retroactive to his June 13 fight date.
The 33-year-old didn’t admit to taking anything illegal, but did accept responsibility for not knowing what he put into his body. You know, the typical excuse professional athletes make when they flunk a drug exam…
“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.”
Melendez was scheduled to make a quick comeback against Al Iaquinta on July 15, but obviously that won’t happen now.
No word on what the UFC now has in store for Iaquinta.
It’s understandable why Melendez might have been looking to cut corners. He has dropped three of four fights, including two straight, since making his long-awaited UFC debut in April 2013.
Melendez is fortunate the event took place prior to July 1 when the UFC kicked in their stricter drug testing policy. Had the card taken place five days ago, Melendez would have been banned for two years.