UFC officials today confirmed that Brazilian lightweight fighter Thiago Tavares failed his UFC on FX 7 post-fight drug test. The event took place at Sao Paulo’s Ibirapuera Gymnasium on Jan. 19, with Tavares dropping a first round KO loss against Khabib Nurmagomedov.
It was revealed that Thiago tested positive for the anabolic steroid named Drostanolone. As a result of the failed drug test, Tavares has been suspended for nine months. After the suspension period has passed he will be required to submit a clean sample before returning to action for the UFC.
UFC on FX 7 was the first event to be governed by the new Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission, also know as Comissao Atletica Brasileira de MMA (CABMMA). The UFC hired an independent facility to conduct their drug testing for the event, which is something they have done in the past for other international events where they have acted as the commission.
Prior to his loss against Nurmagomedov at UFC on FX 7, Tavares had been on a two fight winning streak, defeating Spencer Fisher and Sam Stout. The victory over Fisher followed a second round KO loss to Shane Roller at a UFC Live event in March 2011.
Tavares has been with the UFC since April 2007 and before this incident he had never failed a drug test with the organisation. I am sure Thiago will be upset about having to sit out for nine months, but after the time away from UFC competition it will hopefully act as a reminder to never let something like this happen again.
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