Robert Drysdale Explains Why He Failed A Drug Test In 2013
Posted by Joseph Lee on 07.02.2014
He debuts in the UFC this weekend...
In an interview with MMA Fighting, Robert Drysdale spoke about failing a drug test in 2013 just before he was supposed to make his UFC debut at UFC 167. He will now debut instead at The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale against Keith Berish on Sunday in Las Vegas. He was never suspended by the NSAC (Nevada State Athletic Commission) or the UFC even after testing to a 19.4-to-1 testosterone-to-epitestosterone level (the cutoff is 6-to-1).
On how he failed the test: "It was a big misunderstanding. I didn't do anything dishonest. What really happened was a bureaucratic issue. I thought I had a license (to do testosterone replacement therapy), but one of the files wasn't processed (by the commission). They didn't deny (my TUE), the thing was they didn't process my file. There was no dishonesty. As soon as I found out about it, I sent them my papers and cleared that up. I was never suspended, and the UFC didn't release me. I didn't suffer any punishment because I didn't do anything wrong. I couldn't fight earlier (this year) because I got injured, that's all."
On if the TRT ban affected him: "It's in the past. TRT is banned, and I'm cool without it. I don't need it. I never needed it. It was my doctor's decision, not mine. If you have a health issue, you'll talk to a doctor. I would never talk to a plumber if I had a health issue, and I wouldn't talk to a doctor if I had a plumbing issue. I won't pretend I'm a specialist on this matter. I spoke to my doctors and heard their opinion. It's a complicated process."
On fighting Berish: "I don't know him very much. I only know what I saw on the internet. He's tough, undefeated. He's not a can. There's no easy fight in the UFC. He has a predictable style. He's a jiu-jitsu brown belt, but I'm used to train with the best black belts in the world so a brown belt won't surprise me on the ground. I've been working on my striking game for years, so I'm ready to fight standing if I have to. I was never this calm before a fight, even in my jiu-jitsu days. And that's funny, because this might be the most important fight of my life. I'm confident, well-trained. There is no doubt in my mind, I'm ready for everything."