Former Final Preventing Championship (UFC) light-weight title contender Gilbert Melendez, who wore the 155-pound strap underneath the Bellator MMA banner, has drawn a two-year disciplinary suspension from United States Anti-Doping Company (USADA).

Melendez, 38, examined constructive for Development hormone-releasing peptide 6 (GHRP-6) and its metabolites GHRP-6(2-5)-OH and GHRP-6(2-6)-OH following an out-of-competition drug take a look at final October. Since “El Nino” popped previous to his UFC launch the next month, his “jurisdiction” argument was overruled.

“The arbitrator concluded that USADA did have jurisdiction to each conduct the take a look at and allege an anti-doping coverage violation within the occasion of a constructive pattern, as was the case,” USADA wrote in Monday’s press launch. “Melendez’s two-year interval of ineligibility started on November 1, 2019, the date his provisional suspension was imposed.”

That is the second time Melendez (22-8) examined constructive for banned substances. The longtime “Skrap Pack” standout was additionally sat in summer time 2015 after flunking his UFC 188 drug take a look at. “El Nino” has dropped 5 straight and managed only one victory underneath the UFC banner, a 2013 “Struggle of the Night time” towards Diego Sanchez in Houston.

Most stateside commissions are prone to honor the USADA ruling, however Melendez can very simply circumvent these restrictions by competing abroad, or by attempting one thing like bare-knuckle boxing or another self-discipline exterior blended martial arts (MMA).