Highly decorated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace Robert Drysdale will no longer be making his UFC debut at the upcoming UFC 167 event in November after he tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone.
Drysdale was found to be three times over the legal testosterone limit during a test administered by the Nevada State Athletic Commission to decide whether he would be granted a fight license or not. Needless to say, that will not now be the case.
As such, his preliminary card fight against Cody Donavan has now been scrapped from the November 16th show.
A former world BJJ champion, the 32 year-old has so far gone 6-0 in his professional MMA career, with all those wins coming by way of submission.
Those credentials paved the way for a move to the UFC, but this latest development puts his spot in the promotion in doubt before he’s even had a chance to step into the Octagon.
Drysdale had initially been scheduled to fight at UFC 163, but had to pull out due to a staph infection. It’s been reported that Drysdale attempted to apply for a Theraputic Use Exemption in order to use Testosterone Replacement Therapy prior to that fight, but the request was denied.