This is starting to get ugly.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight Pitor Hallmann flunked his UFC Fight Night 51 drug test for the anabolic steroid drostanolone, according to the Brazilian Athletic Commission, following his split-decision loss to Gleison Tibau back on Sept. 13, 2014.
There's just one problem.
"Pletwal" -- who maintains his innocence -- says the way the commissioners collected his post-fight sample was both "unprofessional" and "unreliable" to the point where he knows for a fact that mistakes were made. Mistakes that cost him a $50,000 fight of the night bonus.
Hallmann vents to Bloody Elbow:
"I'm very angry that something like this came up especially the way they handled the whole testing in Brazil was far from being professional. It was clear that the procedure was unreliable and strange to say the least and this should be a big concern for fighters and the UFC. I know that mistakes have been made by the commission which they even admitted. I hope that there is a way to appeal this as my career is now in serious danger and my name has been tainted. I believe that the whole testing procedure is unreliable and this could be a serious matter for future events that will be held in Brazil. I restate my innocence in this matter and I will fight to make this right. I know for a fact that mistakes have been made."
Hallmann contends the commission botched his first blood sample, taken immediately after the fight, then had a representative drive to the hospital to try to obtain a second. When the injured fighter was unable to comply, due to his medical treatment, the commission rep apologized and left.
This is now the second time in recent weeks that a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter has come forward to ask for an immediate appeal in the wake of a drug test in which the sample was obtained and processed under questionable circumstances.
And not coincidentally, both instances took place overseas.