Robert Drysdale (7-0) has failed more drug tests in his UFC career than he has had fights in the Octagon. Let that sink in for a moment.
Drysdale, an ADCC and World Jiu-Jitsu champion, first got popped in a random out-of-competition test leading up to what would have been his UFC debut last year, and has now failed his second drug test following a quick submission win over Keith Berish at the TUF 19 Finale on July 6.
TUF 17 veteran Kevin Casey (8-3, 1 NC) has also failed a drug test, following his first round KO win over Bubba Bush at UFC 175 on July 5. Both Drysdale and Casey’s fights were part of the UFC’s International Fight Week cards held in Las Vegas.
The UFC released the following statement regarding this latest incident:
“The UFC has been notified by the Nevada State Athletic Commission that UFC middleweight Kevin Casey and light heavyweight Robert Drysdale failed drug tests following their fights at UFC 175 and The Ultimate Fighter Finale, respectively. Casey tested positive for drostanolone and Drysdale was flagged for an elevated testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio. Both fighters have been temporarily suspended from competition and informed their positive tests violated the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy and Promotional Agreement with Zuffa, LLC. The UFC has a strict, consistent policy against the use of any illegal and/or performance-enhancing drugs, stimulants or masking agents by our athletes and will support the NSAC’s determination pending a formal hearing at a later date.”
This is pretty disturbing. And disappointing.
We’re just coming off the whole Chael Sonnen-Wanderlei Silva-Vitor Belfort TRT fiasco. Then this month we’ve already had Ali Bagautinov getting popped, and now Casey and Drysdale.
The good news is more cheaters are getting caught. The bad news is there seems to be a hell of a lot of cheating going on in mixed martial arts.
Since no. 6 ranked UFC middleweight Tim Kennedy came out recently saying he believed 60-70% of UFC fighters were using performance enhancing drugs, we asked him his thoughts on these latest two incidents:
@PROMMA Not surprised in the slightest. #kennedywasright
— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) July 31, 2014
The man is on to something I tell ya.