Kevin Casey and Robert Drysdale Fail UFC 175 and TUF 19 Finale Drug Tests

July 30, 2014
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Kevin CaseyTwo fighters from the UFC’s back-to-back events during International Fight Week failed their drug tests.

Kevin Casey at UFC 175 and Robert Drysdale at The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale each was tested following their respective bouts, and each failed, according to an initial report by MMAJunkie.com.

Nevada Athletic Commission Chair Francisco Aguilar confirmed the news to MMAWeekly.com, saying that Casey tested positive for Drostanolone, while Drysdale’s result revealed an elevated Testosterone-to-Epitestosterone ratio.

Both fighters are under a temporary suspension pending the NAC convening to take final  action.

Casey initially recorded a one-minute TKO victory over Bubba Bush at UFC 175 on July 5, but that result will be turned to a no contest as long as the drug test results hold true. The bout was Casey’s second in the Octagon, having lost on the The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale to Josh Samman.

Drostanolone is an anabolic steroid and is on the World Anti-Doping Association list of prohibited substances.

Drysdale’s T/E ratio was 12-to-1, according to Aguilar, which is well above the state’s limit of 6-to-1. An elevated T/E ratio can be indicative of exogenous testosterone use.

This is the second time that Drysdale has tested for an elevated T/E ratio. When he attempted to gain a license to fight Cody Donovan at UFC 167, Drysdale’s out-of-competition drug test showed a 19.4-to-1 ratio, thus he was refused a license.

Drysdale submitted Keith Berish in the opening round of their fight, but like Casey, the result of the bout is likely to be changed to a no contest, pending the outcome of his NAC hearing.

Shortly after news of the drug test transgressions broke, UFC officials issued a statement acknowledging Casey and Drysdale’s transgressions, adding, “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.”

UFC 175 took place on Saturday, July 5, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, while the TUF 19 Finale took place the following night at the same venue.

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  • TheCerealKiller

    TWO YEAR BAN! I’m sick of this cheating and the BS excuses.

    • Joe Dog

      Give them immediate title shots.

    • Seth

      I wouldn’t be quick to judge Drysdale though…If you look into it, you will see that T/E Ratio doesn’t mean he cheated yet. It’s just warning flag that something’s not right – but actually his E could be down, while his T could be all right. So it’s not that clear, as Casey’s case.

      • asd

        I’ve got a natural 8:1 ratio. This is plain retarded.

      • TheCerealKiller

        Well, they need to throw the book at Casey and figure out what’s up with Drysdale. If he comes up dirty as well, two year ban! These six month bans hardly hurt anyone. Most guys don’t fight twice in four months, so waht’s an extra two months?

        • Seth

          Agree. But 2 years…2 years is too harsh imo :/ I would say year for first violation, two years for second and life ban for third one.

    • Mihael Hajdin

      Yeah im sick of this trt drama already, two year ban sounds right, and Drysdale is a long time trt user so they shouldent cut him any slack..

      • left corner

        Trt drama? Is “trt” already synonym – for lazy people – for doping roids…? LOL! Why not saying it a loud as it is? Replacement therapy – as well as its wronguser…-is a bit different story. These dudes just took roids, plain and simpple and without mumbling anything about TRT.

        Some people also really need TRT (not beacause of age or previous using roids) like some others nees insulin(hormone) or D-vitamin(also a hormone), but that seems to be as hard to understand as misusing TRT(overdosing/taking without illness/aging etc).

  • Stephen seeley

    if ufc had a ‘strict’ policy… theyd be shitcanned after one obvious failed test…this is getting to be total BS..

  • Yannick Messaoud

    Masterone stays in the body up to 1 year after discounting cycle, and testosterone long ester pretty much the same.

    Masterone is pretty weak too so ….. not to intelligent.

  • Tommy

    Consumers and Sponsors need to demand refunds of UFC PPV events that fighters have been discovered fighting unlawfully with PED’s!!! Imagine how Zuffa, Inc. would respond if consumers knowingly paid online for a UFC fight with a fraudulent bank account–or maybe just half of the funds actually cleared?? Pretty much what’s going on here considering the whole fight is not on the level when it’s contracted or sponsored athletes are knowingly juicing…. The fighter who trains and takes the hit on his record like Bubba Bush should completely have the win reversed and the payout as well for their hard work and doing this the right way–naturally. Every fight takes a toll on one’s body–including the training in camp…. There should also be legal repercussions contracted fighters can claim reimbursement from for these types of instances… Loss of value in rankings, risk, loss of time… etc

    If consumers hold UFC and those fighters accountable for their use of PED’s…. Then it would give true meaning to the effort, time and natural nutrition these true athlete’s actually commit to on a daily basis. Versus junkies taking short-cuts in the gym and really care less what they do to their bodies anyways…

    Props to Bubba Bush and the true athletes that train hard, experience injury, heal naturally and work through it and move forward to continue training without excuses that these douchebags like Kevin Casey, Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen, Drysdale, Wanderlei Silva (dodging the man–fearing getting popped for a weekend of BLOW, Extacy and….) the countless other MMA juicers that need to take PED’s to compete at the professional level with natural fighters.

    If an athlete believe their reasoning for using PED’s is medical reasons–THEN IT’S TIME TO FIND A NEW JOB, USING YOUR BRAIN RATHER THAN YOUR BODY!!!

    Like Vitor, Overeem, Wanderlei, Sonnen, Cyborg Santos and so many others…. Kevin Casey is an embarrassment to himself and all true Athletes.