Gilbert Melendez, who’s now not a member of the UFC roster, has been suspended for 2 years by the USA Anti-Doping Company (USADA).
USADA, the official anti-doping companion of the UFC, introduced this information in a Monday press launch:
USADA introduced at present that an unbiased arbitrator has rendered a choice within the case of UFC® athlete Gilbert Melendez, of Brisbane, Calif., and decided that Melendez ought to obtain a two-year interval of ineligibility for his anti-doping coverage violation, precluding him from competing in any UFC bouts. This determination comes after the info of the case had been offered and argued.
Melendez, 38, examined optimistic for GHRP-6 and its metabolites GHRP-6(2-5)-OH and GHRP-6(2-6)-OH as the results of a urine pattern collected out-of-competition on October 16, 2019. GHRP-6 is a non-Specified Substance within the class of Peptide Hormones, Development Elements, Associated Substances, and Mimetics, and is prohibited always underneath the UFC Anti-Doping Coverage and UFC Prohibited Listing.
Melendez’s two-year interval of ineligibility started on November 1, 2019, the date his provisional suspension was imposed. The jurisdictional and deserves awards could be discovered right here, together with all different UFC Anti-Doping Coverage arbitral selections.
Whereas Melendez didn’t contest the presence of GHRP-6 and its metabolites in his pattern nor determine a supply of the prohibited peptide, he did problem USADA’s jurisdiction to conduct the check. The arbitrator concluded that USADA did have jurisdiction to each conduct the check and allege an anti-doping coverage violation within the occasion of a optimistic pattern, as was the case.
As MMA Analyst Luke Thomas factors out, the optimistic check in query truly occurred after Melendez’s UFC contract had been terminated, however USADA had not but been notified by the promotion.
UFC terminated Melendez’s contract on Oct. 12. USADA confirmed up on the 16th, saying they hadn’t been notified.
Nonetheless suspended him, anyway. Completely comical. https://t.co/tK12Xbp2iN
— Luke Thomas (@lthomasnews) July 27, 2020
Sadly for Melendez, most North American athletic commissions honor USADA suspensions, that means he won’t be able to battle till November 2021 except he fights abroad, in a area that does no acknowledge’s USADA’s authority.
Gilbert Melendez, who beforehand contender for the UFC light-weight title, final fought in July, 2019, when he was defeated by Arnold Allen.