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Brian Ortega tests positive for anabolic steroid following UFC on FOX 12 win

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

UFC rookie Brian Ortega has tested positive for the anabolic steroid drostanolone following his UFC on FOX 12 win over Mike de la Torre last month.

According to, Ortega, a former RFA featherweight champion, has since been suspended for nine months and fined $2,500. Also, his first-round submission win over de la Torre has been changed to a no contest. California State Athletic Commission executive director Andy Foster confirmed the news with Ortega has 30 days to appeal the punishment.

The same report states that Ortega, a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu black belt, was the only fighter on the card to fail his pre-fight urine test, which was administered by a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) accredited lab in California.

Ortega is the second former RFA champion to test positive for drostanolone in July. Kevin Casey, the promotion's former 185-pound champion, failed his post-fight drug test at UFC 175 for the same steroid after his knockout of Bubba Bush.