Former UFC fighter Gilbert Melendez was recently issued a two year suspension by USADA for a failed out of competition drug test taken around the time of his release.
Melendez says the test was taken after being released by the UFC, plus Melendez says it’s no one’s business when it comes to what the fighter puts in his body.
“I’m an inactive fighter,” Melendez told ESPN. “I was released from the UFC before this test was taken. I believe [USADA] has no jurisdiction over me. … I’m a private citizen and it’s no one’s business what I’m putting into my body at that point.”
The suspension only applies if Melendez returns to the UFC, so Melendez is free to compete anywhere if he chooses to compete again.
Since Melendez has no plans for a UFC return, it would appear that the suspension won’t affect him at all.
“In USADA’s release, I believe they failed to recognize that the arbitrator awarded them was that I can’t fight in the UFC for two years, which I wasn’t going to do anyway because I was released,” Melendez said.
There is no word yet own when or if Melendez will return to action, as the fighter has been a free agent for over eight months now.