UFC flyweight Louis Gaudinot denies any intentional violation that resulted in a failed post-fight exam of his March 8 fight at UFC Fight Night in London.
In a statement forwarded by his representatives to MMAWeekly.com, Gaudinot said he respects the UFC’s choice to suspend him for a positive test revealing a banned diuretic in his system, but asserts that the result came to him as a surprise.
“While I deny any wrongdoing, I will respect the decision of the UFC and look forward to getting back in the cage in pursuit of the UFC flyweight championship,” Gaudinot said.
“I have great respect for the UFC the sport of MMA and my opponent,” he added. “I would never do anything to disrespect any of them. I would also never do anything to tarnish my name, my teammates and family.”
The UFC confirmed reports on Friday that Gaudinot tested positive for hydrochlorothiazide, a banned substance, in a post-fight urine test that took place after his most recent UFC bout. The positive test resulted in the fighter receiving a six-month suspension retroactive to the date of the fight.
With Gaudinot failing the post-fight exam, the result of his March fight with Phil Harris was changed to a no-contest. Gaudinot originally defeated Harris by submission.
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