by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
Ariel Gandulla, who last fought at the World Extreme Cagefighting event in Las Vegas on Dec. 12, has tested positive for the anabolic steroid Nandrolone according to Keith Kizer, the executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Nandrolone is the same anabolic agent that former Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight titleholder Sean Sherk tested positive for, as did K-1 fighter Royce Gracie, Pride fighter Pawel Nastula, and others.
Gandulla lost his challenge to Doug Marshall’s WEC light heavyweight title. He was submitted in just 55 seconds of the first round by armbar. Prior to the fight, he was undefeated with four wins and one no contest.
According to Kizer, the other fighters tested from the Dec. 12 WEC event have thus far come up clean for anabolic agents, but the drugs of abuse results have yet to come in. The other fighters tested were Urijah Faber, Jeff Curran, Paulo Filho, Chael Sonnen, Doug Marshall, John Alessio, Todd Moore, Alex Karalexis, and Ed Ratcliff.
Kizer also confirmed that the fighters tested as part of the UFC’s Ultimate Fighter finale on Dec. 8 – Roger Huerta, Clay Guida, Mac Danzig, Tommy Speer, John Kolosci, and Matt Arroyo – all tested clean for anabolic agents, but were also awaiting the results of the drugs of abuse tests.