It was not too long ago introduced that former Final Preventing Championship (UFC) light-weight contender, Gilbert Melendez, was handed a two-year suspension by United States Anti Doping Company (USADA) after he failed an out-of-competition drug take a look at carried out final October.
Melendez examined constructive for Development hormone-releasing peptide 6 (GHRP-6) and its metabolites GHRP-6(2-5)-OH and GHRP-6(2-6)-OH.
Upon catching wind of his sentence, “El Nino” fired again at USADA for having no jurisdiction over him on account of the truth that he was not a UFC fighter on the time the take a look at was carried out. Certainly, “El Nino” was launched by the promotion on October 12, with the take a look at going down on Oct. 16.
“I’m an inactive fighter. I used to be launched from the UFC earlier than this take a look at was taken,” Melendez informed ESPN. I imagine [USADA] has no jurisdiction over me. … I’m a non-public citizen and it’s nobody’s enterprise what I’m placing into my physique at that time.”
In response to USADA, Melendez didn’t object to the constructive consequence itself, however slightly the truth that he was not employed by the promotion. In rebuttal, USADA officers claimed that nobody knowledgeable them of Melendez’s launch, and if “El Nino” was not an lively UFC fighter he might’ve rejected the take a look at even supposing he was nonetheless within the testing pool.
Moreover, Melendez additionally criticized USADA for not revealing in its assertion — which you’ll see right here — that whereas the arbitrator dominated that he couldn’t combat beneath the UFC banner as a result of ruling, he was free to compete elsewhere.
“In USADA’s launch, I imagine they failed to acknowledge that every one the arbitrator awarded them was that I can’t combat within the UFC for 2 years — which I wasn’t going to do anyway, as a result of I used to be launched,” Melendez stated.
Whereas that could be the case, most promotions would doubtless adhere to USADA’s ruling. However, the previous Strikeforce light-weight champion nonetheless has no plans to compete anyway following his semi-retirement final 12 months.
Melendez left UFC on a five-fight dropping streak and racked up a 1-6 report with the promotion along with his lone win coming towards Diego Sanchez at UFC 166 manner again in 2013.