The UFC have confirmed that Kevin Casey and Robert Drysdale have failed their post-fight drug tests after being victorious in the first round earlier this month. Both fighters competed on the two separate events during the July 4th weekend, and both did so on the Fight Pass portion of each card. Casey was victorious over Bubba Bush at UFC 175, while Drysdale defeated Keith Berish at the TUF 19 Finale.
Kevin Casey was successful in his return to the promotion after losing his debut fight fresh off his stint in The Ultimate Fighter season 17. Since losing his debut and being cut as a result, Casey went on to win three in a row including the RFA middleweight title, and faced a tough return against Legacy title holder Bubba Bush.
After being victorious, Casey’s win will now be overturned after testing positive for drostanolone, an anabolic steroid, and is likely to receive a one-year suspension as a result. Drysdale, meanwhile, tested positive for elevated testosterone levels for the second time since being signed by the UFC, and this is likely to result in the promotion cutting ties with the BJJ expert.
With T/E levels of 19:4:1, Drysdale missed the mark by quite some way, and – after being denied a license for his scheduled bout at UFC 167 – has failed a second drug test in a UFC stint that has featured just one fight. A highly touted prospect, Drysdale looked like he could make an impact in the light heavyweight division with his world class BJJ, though multiple drug test failures have halted his progress.
UFC released the following statement:
“The UFC has been notified by the Nevada State Athletic Commission that UFC middleweight Kevin Casey and light heavyweight Robert Drysdale failed drug tests following their fights at UFC 175 and The Ultimate Fighter Finale, respectively.
Casey tested positive for drostanolone and Drysdale was flagged for an elevated testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio. Both fighters have been temporarily suspended from competition and informed their positive tests violated the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy and Promotional Agreement with Zuffa, LLC.
The UFC has a strict, consistent policy against the use of any illegal and/or performance-enhancing drugs, stimulants or masking agents by our athletes and will support the NSAC’s determination pending a formal hearing at a later date.”