ADCC Worlds and Mundials gold medalist turned undefeated MMA fighter Robert Drysdale had been scheduled to face Cody Donovanin his promotional debut at UFC 167 on Nov 16. However, Drysdale had not been cleared to compete by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, after out-of-competition drug testing revealed an elevated testosterone-to-epitestosterone (T/E) ratio, indicating use of Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs).
Drysdale'a 19.4-1 T/E ratio, is over three times the NSAC's 6-1 limit. Drysdale has not been fined or suspended, nor has he been refused a license. Instead, he has not been medically cleared to compete due to the failed test. MMAJunkie has the story.
Less than a month before his scheduled UFC debut at UFC 163 against Ednaldo Oliveira earlier this year, he submitted paperwork to obtain a therapeutic-use exemption (TUE) to undergo testosterone-replacement therapy (TRT), according to documents MMAjunkie.com obtained through a public records request.
On his application, which is dated July 8, 2013, the 32-year-old Drysdale stated the TUE request was his first. He certified that he hadn't used or was currently using banned substances and had no previous positive tests. Also included in the paperwork was a letter from a Las Vegas-based anti-aging clinic, TrimBody M.D., that stated Drysdale was taking weekly testosterone injections at the clinic to treat hypogonadism.
Despite filing TUE paperwork, Drysdale did not receive an exemption, according to Kizer.
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With Drysdale unable to compete, he will be replaced by Gian Villante vs. Cody Donovan at UFC 167.
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