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Drysdale & Casey fail post fight drug tests

Bad news from Zuffa-town, two recently debuting fighters have failed their post fight drug tests.

Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Robert Drysdale may have only had one fight in the UFC to this point, but he's failed two drug tests. The word is in (and more importantly the results) that the UFC light heavyweight failed his post fight test after defeating Keith Berish at the TUF 19 Finale. But, Drysdale's not alone. Keeping him company is newly resigned Kevin Casey, who will most likely have his knockout win against Bubba Bush overturned after failing his drug test following UFC 175MMAJunkie has the report on both fighters:

The Nevada attorney general's office today confirmed that Casey (9-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC), who knocked out Bubba Bush in 61 seconds at UFC 175, tested positive for drostanolone, a steroid. Drysdale (7-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC), who submitted Keith Berish at The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale, was flagged for an elevated testosterone-to-epitestosterone (T/E) ratio of 12-to-1, according to Deputy Attorney General Christopher Eccles.

It's hard to say what the UFC will do with Casey, this is his second go round with the promotion, so they may just want to cut ties quickly, however it seems almost certain that Drysdale will be gone. Drysdale was pulled from a planned bout against Cody Donovan in November of 2013, when he flagged for high T/E ratio in a pre-fight drug screening. Drysdale revealed afterward, that he had been undergoing TRT, but had not disclosed his use to the Athletic Commission or the UFC. He was given a 9 month suspension for the test failure. Considering that he's been popped again, immediately following his first fight, it's difficult to see any reason that the UFC would keep him, excepting perhaps that light heavyweight is so pressed for talent, they can't afford to lose anyone.

There is no official word as of yet as to what eventual fines or suspensions each athlete will face, but they have both been placed under temporary suspension until a formal hearing can be arranged. The UFC has yet to release an official statement as well, so stay tuned to Bloody Elbow for more news and updates as they occur.

UPDATE: The UFC has now released an official statement, and there's not much to it that we didn't already know:

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.

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