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UFC welterweight Hector Lombard fined, banned for 1 year by NAC following steroid bust

The Nevada Athletic Commission has suspended UFC veteran Hector Lombard for a year after he tested positive for steroids in his UFC 182 bout with Josh Burkman.

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

While Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz were able to delay their NAC hearings, the same wasn't the case for Hector Lombard. The UFC welterweight contender failed his post-fight drug test at UFC 182 in January, having tested positive for the designer steroid desoxymethyltestosterone, or "DMT" for short. In today's Nevada Athletic Commission meeting, Lombard's punishment was handed down to him. The 37-year-old has been banned for a year, his win over Josh Burkman is a no contest, and he forfeits all of his win money plus 33% of his $53,000 show money. He also must pass a drug test before returning.

During the hearing, Lombard admitted to his steroid use but denied knowingly using it, and also said weight cutting problems caused by a bout with the flu is what started the whole thing.

Lombard took Azithromycin (known commonly as Z-Pak) after the weigh-ins, which contained the banned substance in question and caused the drug test failure.

For the record, the friend of Lombard's is Canadian weightlifter and Olympian Julie Malenfant Northrup. Even though Lombard's team asked for leniency given his age and "fighting window", NAC commissioner Pat Lundvall didn't believe his story and the hammer was dropped.

Lombard was scheduled to face Rory MacDonald at UFC 186 before he was pulled from the card for, as it was revealed later that day, his failed drug test. This suspension is retroactive to the date of UFC 182 (January 3rd) so his suspension will end on January 3rd, 2016.