Kelvin Gastelum has accepted his punishment for failing a drug test for marijuana, and he’s blaming Brazil’s athletic commission for his mistake.
As a result of Gastelum’s deal with the Comissao Atletica Brasileira de MMA (CABMMA), Brazil’s governing body for MMA, March’s TKO victory over Vitor Belfort has been overturned to a no contest, he was fined 20 percent of his purse and was handed a 90-day suspension.
Suspension accepted, but i will NEVER fight in Brazil again. All they want is $$$$
— #OnAmission4Gold (@KelvinGastelum) May 7, 2017
Gastelum accepting his punishment so he can move on as quickly as possible is understandable, but the rest of his tweet is quite confusing. It is unknown why the 25-year-old is blaming the CABMMA because carboxy-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary metabolite contained in marijuana, was discovered in his sample that was collected on fight night.
Is he accusing the CABMMA of tainting his drug test with marijuana just so they can collect a few extra dollars? Or did CABMMA trick Gastelum into smoking marijuana at some point during his training camp just so they can bust him later?
Come on now…
I agree with most of the world that marijuana shouldn’t be on the banned substance list in professional sports. However, it will remain there for the foreseeable future and if you want to play, you have to play by the rules. You certainly can’t blame someone else because you were caught smoking weed.
How about acting like a big boy and saying something along the lines of: I made a mistake and I am now paying the consequences. I am sorry for everyone that I disappointed. I will never let this happen again.
Nope: It’s all CABMMA’s fault that I blazed and I will never fight in Brazil again!
Gastelum was scheduled to try and take out another Brazilian legend in Anderson Silva at UFC 212, but was yanked from the June 3 event after his flunked drug test came to light. That scrap was also slated to take place in Brazil.
Gastelum’s ban will be lifted on June 11, 90 days after his bout with Belfort. He’s been campaigning to have his tango with Silva rescheduled for UFC on FOX 25 on July 22.
I plan on fighting in July so fingers crossed!! No matter what I will not be denied my opportunity to fight for the title eventually!
— #OnAmission4Gold (@KelvinGastelum) May 8, 2017
Heads up, Kelvin. New York also tests for marijuana.