Kelvin Gastelum was pulled from a bout at UFC 212 against former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva after he was notified of a potential drug test failure this past April.
It was also revealed that the TUF Champion failed the drug test for the substance known as carboxy-tetrahydrocannabinol, which is a metabolite found in marijuana.
The Brazilian Superior Justice Court Of MMA (STJDMMA) has announced that due to an agreement reached with Gastelum, the fighter’s win at UFC Fight Night 106 against Vitor Belfort has been overturned to a no contest, suspended 90 days and fined 20% of his purse.
Due to the penalty against Gastelum, it is unlikely that the fighter will face any additional punishment from USADA.
Here is a statement issued by the STJDMMA on the situation surrounding Gastelum and his failed drug test:
“Marcelo Sedlmayer Jorge, president of the Superior Sports Justice Court – MMA and the entity’s attorney (Emmanuel Guedes Ferreira), in a joint effort with CABMMA, represented by Cristiano Sampaio, have formalized an agreement with the athlete Kelvin Gastelum, his lawyers and USADA. The athlete has officially confessed to the use of the Carboxy-THC substance, has publicly apologized. The athlete makes a commitment not to break any other norm of the sport, under risk of aggravated penalties due to repeated offense.”
In a response to the penalties handed out by the STJDMMA, the TUF Champion has vowed to never compete in Brazil ever again:
Suspension accepted, but i will NEVER fight in Brazil again. All they want is $$$$— #OnAmission4Gold (@KelvinGastelum) May 7, 2017
Suspension accepted, but i will NEVER fight in Brazil again. All they want is $$$$
— #OnAmission4Gold (@KelvinGastelum) May 7, 2017
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