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Jon Fitch flunks WSOF 16 drug test, suspended nine months

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Another day, another failed drug test. WSOF welterweight Jon Fitch is the guilty party this time around, as Fitch flunked a fight night urine test ahead of his failed title challenge against Rousimar Palhares at WSOF 16, which took place Dec. 13 in Sacremento, Calif.

MMAFighting.com confirmed news of Fitch's failed test with California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) executive director Andy Foster following an initial report Friday by MMA Junkie.

Foster declined to specify the substance Fitch popped positive for, however reports indicate that the longtime UFC contender tested out for elevated levels of testosterone.

Foster attributed the delayed timetable for Fitch's test results to the CSAC requesting a Carbon Isotope Ratio (CIR) test on Fitch's pre-fight urine sample. The CIR test confirmed the initial results, according to Foster.

Fitch, 36, will be assessed a nine-month suspension and fined $2,500, the maximum allowable fine under California statutory law given the circumstances.

Fitch (26-7-1, 1 NC) ultimately fell short against Palhares, submitting to a kneebar in just 90 seconds at WSOF 16 to unsuccessfully end his bid for the promotion's 170-pound title.

While few drug testing failures are surprising given the current landscape of mixed martial arts, Fitch's test results are noteworthy as the welterweight has traditionally been one of the staunchest advocates against PED use in the sport.

Fitch has the right to appeal the California commission's findings.