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Brazilian sports court: Kelvin Gastelum changed his version about failed test

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Kelvin Gastelum has been issued a 90-day suspension and a 20 percent fine by the Brazilian MMA Sports Court (STJDMMA) after failing a drug test for marijuana on the day of his UFC fight Vitor Belfort in March, but the court is now saying that Gastelum has changed his version of the facts.

STJDMMA and Gastelum entered into a plea agreement, the court confirmed to MMA Fighting on Sunday. Hours later, the UFC fighter vowed to never fight in Brazil because “all they want is $$$$.”

On Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, Gastelum said he stopped smoking marijuana three weeks before the fight, like he usually does for every fight, yet still failed the drug test.

STJDMMA president Marcelo Sedlmayer released a statement to MMA Fighting on Monday night, saying that Gastelum told the court in his plea agreement that he tested positive for Carboxy-THC because he was using a medication that had substance in it.

1. (Gastelum) initially told CABMMA and STJD that he used a medication that had THC - in other words, for medicinal use only.

2. Today (Monday), he changes his version and says he smoked.

3. He claims that he has a license to use marijuana in California, however, he NEVER presented that license to CABMMA and STJD.

4. His license is only valid in California, since each state and country has its laws.

5. In addition to not submitting his license, he never informed the name of the medication, the dosage (medical prescription) and name/information of the doctor and why it would be necessary for him to use the substance.

Finally, there are innumerable arguments that he manifests that have no foundation and are supported by lies. To make it worse, he claims that he smoked three weeks before the fight. That dosage far superior denies that thesis.

It sounds weird an athlete to seek for a plea agreement, sign it, agree with everything, and then go to the media to complain only about the fine.

Professional athletes have the power and duty to be an example. Fans can’t be fans of bad examples. Thousands of people, including children, might have as a reference or incentive to use drugs associated to sports, as something beneficial or to succeed.

Sedlmayer said that Gastelum’s 90-day suspension won’t change despite the alterations in his version of the facts.

Gastelum (14-2, 1 NC) will be free to compete on June 11. The California native, who had his first-round knockout win over VBelfort overturned to a no-contest, was pulled from a UFC 212 fight with former champion Anderson Silva in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 3.

Gastelum is now expected to come back in action in July.