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NAC issues Robert Drysdale, Kevin Casey temporary suspensions for failed drug tests

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

The Nevada Athletic Commission on Thursday issued temporary suspensions to UFC fighters Robert Drysdale and Kevin Casey in light of the fighters' failed post-fight drug tests in July, both of which took place in Las Vegas, NV.

Drysdale, for the second time in his short UFC career, tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone following his two-minute submission of Keith Berish on July 6th at The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale.

An accomplished jiu-jitsu artist, Drysdale was previously denied a license by the NAC in mid-2013 after an out-of-competition drug test revealed a testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio of 19.4:1, well above the Nevada legal limit.

Casey, meanwhile, tested positive for the anabolic steroid drostanolone one day earlier after defeating Bubba Bush in just 61 seconds at UFC 175.

"I apologize to UFC and the NSAC for my irresponsible action," Casey stated following the failed test. "I made a bad decision trying to cut weight. We are competing in a cleaner sport."

Drysdale and Casey are expected to receive full disciplinary hearings at the next meeting of NAC officials. Both are likely to incur suspensions and fines, in addition to their wins being overturned into no contests as a result of their testing failures.