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    Robert Drysdale denied UFC 167 license due to elevated T/E ratio

    Robert Drysdale's UFC debut is likely scratched a second time.

    The Nevada State Athletic Commission has declined to medically clear the jiu-jitsu player turned MMA fighter to compete at next month's UFC 167 event after an out-of-competition drug test revealed an elevated testosterone-to-epitestosterone (T/E) ratio.

    Drysdale (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who was scheduled to meet light heavyweight Cody Donovan (8-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) in the Nov. 16 event's first preliminary-card bout, was flagged with a 19.4-1 T/E ratio, which is more than three times the NSAC's 6-1 limit. He tested negative for a variety of steroids.

    NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer today confirmed the abnormal result with MMAjunkie.com and added that as of yet, Drysdale is not suspended or fined as the result of the failed test.

    Both Drysdale and UFC officials were unreachable for comment at the time of this writing.

    UFC 167 takes place at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The event's main card airs live on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and MMAjunkie.com.

    Drysdale's history with TRT could play a part in whether he faces any additional punishment. Less than a month before his scheduled UFC debut at UFC 163 against Ednaldo Oliveira earlier this year, he submitted paperwork to obtain a therapeutic-use exemption (TUE) to undergo testosterone-replacement therapy (TRT), according to documents MMAjunkie.com obtained through a public records request.

    On his application, which is dated July 8, 2013, the 32-year-old Drysdale stated the TUE request was his first. He certified that he hadn't used or was currently using banned substances and had no previous positive tests. Also included in the paperwork was a letter from a Las Vegas-based anti-aging clinic, TrimBody M.D., that stated Drysdale was taking weekly testosterone injections at the clinic to treat hypogonadism.

    Additionally, a blood exam from Clinical Pathology Laboratories showed Drysdale had a free testosterone level of 156 ng/mL, which was below the testing facility's normal range of 292 ng/mL to 1052 ng/mL. He was within the laboratory's normal range for follicle-stimulating hormone (6.0 mIU/mL) and luteinizing hormone (2.1 mIU/mL).

    Taken together, the levels are important determining factors in the diagnosis of primary or secondary hypogonadism, a condition in which the body fails to produce normal levels of testosterone. They also play a significant part in deciding whether an athlete is cleared for an exemption.

    Despite filing TUE paperwork, Drysdale did not receive an exemption, according to Kizer. On July 16, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that Drysdale withdrew from UFC 163, which took place Aug. 3 in Rio de Janeiro and was overseen by the Brazilian Athletic Commission, due to a staph infection.

    After a decorated career in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, which included a gold medal in the 2007 Abu Dhabi Submission Wrestling World Championship, Drysdale transitioned to MMA and made his professional debut in 2010. He amassed a record of 6-0 before drawing a contract offer from the UFC, which signed him to fight at UFC 163.
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    They shouldn't persecute Mr Drysdale because of his affliction, I am very sad to hear this news. Every young man should have a right to use TRT(and professional fighters without question) !!! I demand change!!

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    http://www.mmajunkie.com/news/2013/1...van-at-ufc-167
    Gian Villante replaces Robert Drysdale, meets Cody Donovan at UFC 167

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    Villante's a good dude, solid athlete.

    Wonder if Drysdale will get another shot or if he's on the DNC list now. Given his age and now this, it feels like he may be coming along too late and not garnering any good standing in the order(outside of his BJJ affiliations with Mir etc)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fedorlei Gomipierre View Post
    Villante's a good dude, solid athlete.

    Wonder if Drysdale will get another shot or if he's on the DNC list now. Given his age and now this, it feels like he may be coming along too late and not garnering any good standing in the order(outside of his BJJ affiliations with Mir etc)
    YES! love vilante went to my high school but hes about 6 years older than me or so. him and weidman are good friends and they worked at a bunch of clincis and camps i went to in middle and high school. the fight against OVP sucked and shouldn't have ended that way glad to see him getting another chance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fedorlei Gomipierre View Post
    Villante's a good dude, solid athlete.

    Wonder if Drysdale will get another shot or if he's on the DNC list now. Given his age and now this, it feels like he may be coming along too late and not garnering any good standing in the order(outside of his BJJ affiliations with Mir etc)
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    http://www.mixedmartialarts.com/news...e-failed-test/
    Drysdale will fight in the UFC despite failed test
    World class Jiu-Jitsu player Robert Drysdale was expected to make his Octagon debut at UFC 167. That was before he failed a Nevada test for an elevated T/E ratio, making him inelligible for the event. At the point many suspected that Drysdale would now never make it to the UFC, however that does not seem to be the case:

    Robert Drysdale remains under contract with the UFC and will not face any disciplinary action from the promotion despite a recent drug-testing snag.

    A UFC representative today told MMAjunkie.com that the decorated jiu-jitsu player will one day compete inside the octagon.

    "Obviously, Robert needs to establish that he is medically fit to participate and apply for the appropriate licensure," the rep wrote in a prepared statement. "Assuming he is able to do this, he will fight for the organization at some point in the future."

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