Robert Drysdale on Monday finally had his official sanction handed down by the Nevada Athletic Commission.
For his fight against Keith Berish at The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale on July 6, Drysdale’s testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio was 12-to-1, according to NAC Chair Francisco 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.
Drysdale explained that he had been on a legal testosterone replacement therapy regimen in the past, but had stopped the treatment well before the fight. He was given little quarter by the commission, which discontinued issuing therapeutic use exemptions for TRT in February.
Drysdale was issued a one-year suspension retroactive to the date of the fight, and fined 33-percent of his $16,000 fight purse, which amounts to $5,280. He submitted Berish in the opening round of their fight, but the result of the bout was changed to a no contest.
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.