Kevin Casey and Robert Drysdale are the latest two competitors to test positive for banned substances in Nevada. Both fought during the UFC’s International Fight Week and will now see their wins overturned to No Contests. Additionally, the Nevada State Athletic Commission will likely impose lengthy suspension and could also fine both Casey and Drysdale.
After an initial report from MMA Junkie surfaced, MMA Fight Corner confirmed the details with Nevada’s Deputy Attorney General Christopher Eccles.
Casey (8-3, 1 NC) tested positive following UFC 175 for drostanolone metabolites after a first round TKO win over former Legacy FC champion, William “Bubba” Bush. Drostanolone is an anabolic steroid. The former Ultimate Fighter season 17 competitor, who was released after losing his UFC debut, made his way back after compiling a 3 fight win streak with Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA). While with the RFA, Casey defeated Andrew Sanchez to earn the middleweight title just prior to his UFC return.
Following the TUF 19 Finale, Drysdale’s (6-0, 1 NC) post-fight drug test revealed elevated levels of testosterone. Eccles confirmed the Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt had a testosterone to epitestosterone ratio of 12 to 1. Drysdale submitted Keith Berish via rear-naked choke at 2:03 into the first round. Berish also tore his ACL and MCL in the fight when his weight shifted as Drysdale torqued on his submission hold.
Nevada currently allows a 6 to 1 T:E ratio. Drysdale was twice expected to make his UFC debut prior to the July 6 bout. Ahead of UFC 163, he withdrew due to a staph infection. Prior to UFC 167, Drysdale was denied a license by the NSAC for failing an out of competition drug test for elevated testosterone levels recorded at 19.4 to 1.
No date is set yet for the next NSAC meeting, but expect that both fighters will be on the agenda to answer for their failed tests. All of the other fighters on the July 5 and July 6 fight cards passed their drug tests. Those tested at UFC 175 were subjected to both blood and urine tests. At TUF 19 Finale, only urine samples were taken Eccles explained.
The UFC released a statement on the matter and have already temporarily suspended both fighters:
“The UFC has been notified by the Nevada State Athletic Commission that UFC middleweight Kevin Casey and light heavyweight Robert Drysdale failed drug tests following their fights at UFC 175 and The Ultimate Fighter Finale, respectively. Casey tested positive for drostanolone and Drysdale was flagged for an elevated testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio. Both fighters have been temporarily suspended from competition and informed their positive tests violated the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy and Promotional Agreement with Zuffa, LLC. The UFC has a strict, consistent policy against the use of any illegal and/or performance-enhancing drugs, stimulants or masking agents by our athletes and will support the NSAC’s determination pending a formal hearing at a later date.”