Gilbert Melendez Reacts To Two-Year USADA Sanction

Gilbert Melendez has spoken out on his two-year suspension from USADA. Melendez was flagged by USADA for a violation of the anti-doping policy. While Melendez isn’t an active member of the UFC roster anymore, the test was administered back in Oct…

Gilbert Melendez has spoken out on his two-year suspension from USADA. Melendez was flagged by USADA for a violation of the anti-doping policy. While Melendez isn’t an active member of the UFC roster anymore, the test was administered back in Oct. 2019 which was a month before “El Nino’s” UFC release was made public. Melendez […]

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Gilbert Melendez Retroactively Suspended For Two Years By USADA After Positive Drug Test

MelendezFormer UFC featherweight Gilbert Melendez has been retroactively suspended for two years by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). The news was revealed by USADA on Monday after the former Strikeforce lightweight champion had tested positive for GHRP-6 and its metabolites GHRP-6(2-5)-OH and GHRP-6(2-6)-OH. The results were from an out-of-competition urine sample collected on October […]

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Former UFC featherweight Gilbert Melendez has been retroactively suspended for two years by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

The news was revealed by USADA on Monday after the former Strikeforce lightweight champion had tested positive for GHRP-6 and its metabolites GHRP-6(2-5)-OH and GHRP-6(2-6)-OH.

The results were from an out-of-competition urine sample collected on October 16, 2019. As a result, Melendez’s two-year suspension began as of November 1, 2019.

You can see USADA’s statement below:

“USADA announced today that an independent arbitrator has rendered a decision in the case of UFC® athlete Gilbert Melendez, of Brisbane, Calif., and determined that Melendez should receive a two-year period of ineligibility for his anti-doping policy violation, precluding him from competing in any UFC bouts. This decision comes after the facts of the case were presented and argued.

Melendez, 38, tested positive for GHRP-6 and its metabolites GHRP-6(2-5)-OH and GHRP-6(2-6)-OH as the result of a urine sample collected out-of-competition on October 16, 2019. GHRP-6 is a non-Specified Substance in the class of Peptide Hormones, Growth Factors, Related Substances, and Mimetics, and is prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy and UFC Prohibited List.

While Melendez did not contest the presence of GHRP-6 and its metabolites in his sample nor identify a source of the prohibited peptide, he did challenge USADA’s jurisdiction to conduct the test. The arbitrator concluded that USADA did have jurisdiction to both conduct the test and allege an anti-doping policy violation in the event of a positive sample, as was the case.

Melendez’s two-year period of ineligibility began on November 1, 2019, the date his provisional suspension was imposed.”

Melendez No Longer Contracted To UFC

It should be noted that Melendez last competed in July last year following a unanimous decision defeat to Arnold Allen. His UFC contract was terminated on October 12 which was four days before USADA’s test.

Despite that and Melendez challenging USADA’s jurisdiction to conduct the test, he was still suspended.

Melendez could still fight for promotions outside the United States similar to how Mirko Cro Cop did the same a few years ago despite his USADA suspension.

However, one must question why he was tested in the first place if he was no longer a contracted fighter at the time.

What do you make of Melendez’s suspension?

Former UFC Fighter Gilbert Melendez Handed Two-Year USADA Sanction

Gilbert Melendez may no longer be a member of the UFC roster but he’s still been hit with a USADA sanction. USADA announced that an “independent arbitrator” has ruled that Melendez should serve a two-year suspension for a violation of…

Gilbert Melendez may no longer be a member of the UFC roster but he’s still been hit with a USADA sanction. USADA announced that an “independent arbitrator” has ruled that Melendez should serve a two-year suspension for a violation of the anti-doping policy. Melendez argued that USADA didn’t have the right to conduct the test […]

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MMA Elite Status: 10 Lightweights Who Have Built Legacies

The lightweight division in MMA has probably featured more back-and-forth wars in the sport than any other division. While the UFC always seems to set the bar, there are fighters in other promotions that have put in the work and won titles all over the…

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Gilbert Melendez: ‘I Don’t Know If I Will Ever Fight Again’

Gilbert Melendez isn’t committing to a decision regarding his fighting future at the moment. Melendez last competed back in July. He dropped a unanimous decision to Arnold Allen on the UFC 239 card. The UFC ended up releasing Melendez, who went 1…

Gilbert Melendez isn’t committing to a decision regarding his fighting future at the moment. Melendez last competed back in July. He dropped a unanimous decision to Arnold Allen on the UFC 239 card. The UFC ended up releasing Melendez, who went 1-6 during his time with the promotion. Gilbert Melendez Undecided On Fighting Future Speaking […]

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Gilbert Melendez Releases Statement After UFC Release

This week, longtime UFC veteran Gilbert Melendez was handed his walking papers from the UFC. Now, Melendez has released a statement after being let go by the Las Vegas-based mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion. Here’s what Melendez had to say to ESPN. “It was a fun ride with the UFC that I really enjoyed,” Melendez […]

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This week, longtime UFC veteran Gilbert Melendez was handed his walking papers from the UFC. Now, Melendez has released a statement after being let go by the Las Vegas-based mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion.

Here’s what Melendez had to say to ESPN.

“It was a fun ride with the UFC that I really enjoyed,” Melendez told ESPN. “I feel I gave them one of the most entertaining fights in their history (against Diego Sanchez), and I appreciate all they’ve done. They have done a bunch of cool stuff for all of their fighters.

“That said, I do feel this release is mutual. I was ready to move on. I feel like, if I were to fight again, I would like to do it on my terms and steer my own ship. The UFC is a fantastic organization, but they have their agenda, and unless you’re a champion or a super strong needle mover, you don’t have as much say in your career. If I do get back in the cage, I want it to be with a company that agrees with the path that I want to be on. But I’m leaving the UFC on great terms”.

Melendez signed on with the UFC in 2013 after reigning as the Strikeforce lightweight champion. He got an immediate title shot against Benson Henderson, coming up just short via split decision. After picking up a great win over Diego Sanchez, he received a title shot against Anthony “Showtime” Pettis, which he lost via submission.

That marked the beginning of a five-fight losing streak, not having won since 2013.

What do you make of the UFC releasing Melendez?

 

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