Jiu-jitsu ace Robert Drysdale has been removed from the fight card of UFC 167 after testing positive for elevated testosterone in a Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) mandated out-of-competition drug test, NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer confirmed to MMAFighting.com.
Drysdale tested out at a 19.4-to-1 testosterone-to-epitestosterone level, well above the 6-to-1 limit allowable by the NSAC. MMAJunkie.com first reported the news.
According to Kizer, Drysdale has not been medically cleared to compete due to the failed test. His license, however, was never denied, despite conflicting reports.
A decorated grappler owning both ADCC and Mundials gold, Drysdale (6-0) is undefeated thus far in his MMA career, having finished all six of his opponents via first-round submission. He was scheduled to make his UFC debut against Ednaldo Oliveira on August 3 at UFC 163, however a staph infection caused him to withdraw from the bout.
Drysdale was subsequently slated to meet Cody Donovan (8-3) on November 16 at UFC 167. Due to his failed drug test, UFC officials have tabbed Strikeforce veteran Gian Villante (10-4) as a replacement.
According to NSAC officials, Chael Sonnen and Frank Mir also underwent out-of-competition drug testing for UFC 167, the latter of which took place prior to Mir being pulled from the card. Both men passed all testing.