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Gilbert Melendez Pops for Steroids, Suspended One Year

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By Fightland Staff

Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC

The UFC announced today that Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez has tested positive for “exogenous origin of testosterone metabolites,” following his loss to Eddie Alvarez at UFC 188.

“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 statement reads. “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 was scheduled to fight next at UFC Fight Night 71. His opponent, rising star Al Iaquinta has already been lined up to face Booby Green as a replacement.

Gilbert himself has something to day about the positive test results, which was included in the UFC's official statement,

“Regrettably, I tested positive in my post fight urine sample for UFC 188. I did not inject anything, but I am responsible and accept the consequences for the results.” Melendez wrote. “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.”

 

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