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Hector Lombard popped for steroids following UFC 182 drug test

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Well, now we know why his 170-pound showdown against Rory MacDonald was so hastily removed from UFC 186.

Former Bellator middleweight champion Hector Lombard, who seemed destined to make waves in the UFC welterweight division, suffered a serious career setback earlier today (Tues., Feb. 10, 2015) after Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) revealed that "Showeather" tested positive for the anabolic steroid desoxymethyltestosterone.

Color me reactionary, but I have a feeling he's going to regret this conversation.

MMA Fighting has more:

NSAC executive director Bob Bennett said he was unsure whether Lombard will receive a temporary suspension at the NSAC hearing on Feb. 17 because the agenda has yet to be completed, but it is certain that the former Bellator middleweight champion will be forced to meet with the commission in the near future to explain the positive drug test and could face disciplinary action, as well. As a result, his immediate fighting future is unknown.

His opponent, Josh Burkman, was also tested for their UFC 182 slugfest and passed with flying colors.

It stands to reason that Lombard's win over the returning "People's Warrior," which took place last month in Las Vegas, could be changed to a "no contest." In addition, the Olympian may find himself serving a lengthy suspension that could last until the end of the year.

Click here to see how it affects the 170-pound rankings.

Compounding the problem is the fact that mixed martial arts (MMA) is less than two weeks removed from Anderson Silva's failed drug test, also for steroids, which came shortly after light heavyweight champion Jon Jones flunked for cocaine.

Kind of hard to ask the fans to take the fight game seriously when no one else seems to want to.

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