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Melvin Guillard suspended one year for testing positive for non-PED banned substance

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Trying to make weight is no longer Melvin Guillard's chief concern.

The MMA veteran was suspended one year by the Kansas Athletic Commission after he tested positive for a banned substance in relation to an in-competition drug test at Bellator 159, the commission announced Friday. Guillard was also fined $10,000.

The substance was not a performance-enhancing drug, the commission wrote in a release. But the Kansas Athletic Commission is not legally able to release the name of the specific substance.

Guillard, 33, fought and beat David Rickels at Bellator 159 on July 22 in Mulvane, Kansas. That result will be overturned into a no contest.

The Kansas Athletic Commission said it learned of the failed drug test Aug. 3. The suspension will be retroactive to the day of the test: July 22, 2016.

"The first and foremost job of the Kansas Athletic Commission is to protect the health and welfare of the fighters we are charged with regulating" Kansas commission head Adam Roorback said. "Banned substances have no place in the world of combat sports, and their usage will not be allowed in the state of Kansas."

Guillard (33-16-2, 2 NC) missed weight prior to the Rickels fight and could not make weight in four of his last five fights. He tested positive for cocaine back in 2007 in relation to a fight with Joe Stevenson at UFC Fight Night 9.