Even With A Testosterone Issue, Robert Drysdale Will Compete In UFC
Posted by Joseph Lee on 11.04.2013
A rep confirms it...
A UFC representative told MMA Junkie that even with his drug-testing issue, Robert Drysdale (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is still under contract with the UFC and will not face any disciplinary action.
The representative said: "Obviously, Robert needs to establish that he is medically fit to participate and apply for the appropriate license. Assuming he is able to do this, he will fight for the organization at some point in the future."
Drysdale was not medically cleared for his debut at UFC 167 after a pre-fight drug test showed a highly-elevated testosterone-to-epitestosterone (T/E) ratio of 19.4-to-1. The Nevada State Athletic Commission, which regulates the event that happens on November 16, ordered the test. Drysdale was replaced by Gian Villante (10-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) against Cody Donovan (8-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC). The fight will begins the show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and streams live on MMA Junkie.
Drysdale gave the NSAC paperwork in July for permission to have TRT (testosterone replacement therapy). It included a letter from a doctor who said Drysdale was getting weekly injections and was submitted less than a month before UFC 163 (which happened on August 3), which would have been his debut. He was not approved for an exemption. A staph infection caused the UFC to pull him from a fight against Ednaldo Oliveria. The test did not reveal illegal steroids.
NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer said that the commissioners will decide to put Drysdale on a future agenda for the failed test. So far he hasn't been disciplined.