The word is out! Former Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez failed his post-fight drug test for UFC 188. According to the results, the 33-year old Melendez popped for “exogenous origin of testosterone metabolites” following his loss to Eddie Alvarez by split decision in June.
Regrettably, I tested positive in my post fight urine sample for188, I did not inject anything, but I am responsible and accept the consequences for the results. I will make sure I am better educated about the products I use and their implications. Going forward I will ensure no products I use will contain banned substances. I am sincerely apologetic to everyone who supports me, including my fans, sponsors and the UFC. I value your trust and respect and will do everything in my power to keep it.
Due to his failed drug test, Melendez has been suspended for one year from the date of the bout for violation of the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy. He was expected to face Al Iaquinta in San Diego on July 15, but the UFC is now looking for a replacement opponent for Iaquinta.