For grappling wunderkind Robert Drysdale, it appears that the man cannot keep his testosterone in check. Drysdale was expected to face Cody Donovan on Nov. 16, 2013 at UFC 167. However, Drysdale was refused a license by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) after an out-of-competition drug test revealed that he had an elevated testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio of 19.4:1 -- one of the highest T:E busts in the history of the sport (along with Brian Bowles' historic 20:1).
His T:E was a bit better in the wake of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 19 Finale, ONLY hitting a 12:1 ratio, according to the NSAC.
It seems incredibly unlikely that Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) won't cut the man, who has now flunked two tests and had just one fight inside the Octagon, a submission over Keith Berish (rear-naked choke) at TUF 19 Finale earlier this month in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Unfortunately, Drysdale was not the only former Brazilian jiu-jitsu competitor to run afoul of the newly aggressive commission's testing. Kevin Casey -- who stopped Bubba Bush via technical knockout one night earlier at UFC 175 -- was popped for drostanolone, an illegal steroid.
The "King" will also likely spanked by UFC because he will shortly be winless (0-1-1) in the promotion after the commission updates that win to a "No Contest." Including his disastrous TUF 17 performance as a cast member (losses to Collin Hart and Bubba McDaniel), the 33-year old now has zero wins in four attempts under the UFC banner.
And that doesn't bode well for his tenure.
UFC has released an official statement, but there isn't much else to go with other than a stock response:
The UFC has been notified by the Nevada State Athletic Commission that UFC middleweight Kevin Casey and light heavyweight Robert Drysdale failed drug tests following their fights at UFC 175 and The Ultimate Fighter Finale, respectively. Casey tested positive for drostanolone and Drysdale was flagged for an elevated testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio. 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.