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Gilbert Melendez fails UFC 188 drug test, suspended one year

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Looks like Gilbert Melendez is out of his UFC Fight Night San Diego bout with Al Iaquinta after failing his UFC 188 post-fight drug test with exogenous testosterone metabolites.

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Another big name UFC fighter has tested positive for banned substances, and this time it's a pretty unexpected name in former Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez. The UFC announced Melendez's drug test failure via press release. Apparently Melendez tested positive for "exogenous origin of testosterone metabolites." In a statement released by the fighter he suggests that supplements he was taking pre-fight led to the failed test. He has currently been suspended for one year of competition.

It doesn't sound like he is going to be fighting the suspension. Here's the UFC's statement, along with Melendez's:

Following his bout at UFC 188 in Mexico City on June 13, UFC lightweight Gilbert Melendez tested positive for exogenous origin of testosterone metabolites. 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. As a result of the positive test, Melendez has accepted a one-year suspension, effective from the date of the bout, for violating the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy and Promotional Agreement with Zuffa, LLC.

"Regrettably, I tested positive in my post fight urine sample for UFC 188," Melendez said. "I did not inject anything, but I am responsible and accept the consequences for the results. I will make sure I am better educated about the products I use and their implications. Going forward I will ensure no products I use will contain banned substances. I am sincerely apologetic to everyone who supports me, including my fans, sponsors and the UFC. I value your trust and respect and will do everything in my power to keep it."

Melendez will no longer compete as scheduled on July 15. UFC officials are currently seeking a new opponent for Al Iaquinta, who was scheduled to face Melendez.

Since Melendez lost his UFC 188 bout against Eddie Alvarez, it's unlikely that there will be any official changes to the result. He had since been scheduled to face Al Iaquinta (as a substitute for Bobby Green, at UFC Fight Night San Diego on July 15th). From the statement above, it sounds like the UFC will by trying to find a last minute replacement to keep Iaquinta on the card. Stay tuned for more information as this story continues to develop.