Lavar Johnson, 36, appeared on Monday's The MMA Hour, and discussed his suspension by the California State Athletic Commission for elevated levels of testosterone following his loss to Brendan Schaub at UFC 157. The fight was not crowd pleasing, and the loss was his second in a row. Johnson was subsequently released by the UFC.
"What happened was basically I was on TRT, I just didn’t disclose it to the athletic commission," said Johnson. "It was my mistake. I was taking such little amounts; me and my doctor didn’t think anything was going to pop up, like it’s no big deal. I guess any time you’re taking any kind of testosterone it’s going to show on the test. So that’s basically what I got popped for."
When asked why he didn't apply for a Testosterone Use Exemption, as several fighters have, Johnson replied candidly.
"I didn’t think it was going to show up," he said. "I don’t know, it was a dumb mistake."
Use of testosterone began following a loss to Stefan Struve at UFC 146 on May 26, 2012, as he suffered from fatigue and injuries during fight camps.
"I was wondering what’s going on," said Johnson. "So I went to the doctors, and got tested, and my testosterone levels were low. They thought they might help out with that, and that’s what I did."
He went on to say that he is done with TRT.
"I just don’t even want to take the chance or anything," said Johnson. "I’m just going to ride out my career natural. If I get hurt, or if I can’t compete with these guys, then I just won’t fight.
"A lot of people look down on it I don’t want to be that guy. I don’t want people to think I need it to be a good fighter to compete with these guys. I’ve been knocking people out since I was like 14 years old. If I can’t compete, and I keep getting injured, then I’ll just be done."
Following his release by the UFC, Johnson was picked up by Bellator. He will fight Vinicius Queiroz at Bellator 102 on Oct. 4.
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