Following his loss to Eddie Alvarez at UFC 188 in Mexico City, Gilbert Melendez tested positive for “exogenous origin of testosterone metabolites.”
As a result, the former Strikeforce 155-pound champion was pulled from his bout against Al Iaquinta and suspended one year. And though “El Nino” denies injecting himself with anything, he admits that he regrettably took a banned substance.
Speaking on The MMA Hour (via MMA Fighting), Melendez stepped up to the plate and owned up to his mistake.
“Well, you know what, I really don’t want to go down a rabbit hole or anything like that. But the gist of it is I made a mistake. I made a mistake that won’t happen again, and I’m not proud of it. I’m doing my best to move on from it, and I’m hoping everyone else can, and it’s understandable if they can’t. But I just want to do everything in my power to prove that I am still a warrior and I’m a great fighter and just wanting to move forward, to be honest.”
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With his suspension nearing a end, Gilbert has been booked to take on striking sensation Edson Barboza at UFC on FOX 20 on July 23, 2016 in Chicago.
It’s a challenge “El Nino” looks forward to taking part in to show fight fans he’s still a dangerous threat. As far as his legacy being tarnished by his failed drug test, Gilbert says that is something he doesn’t dwell on.
“You know, I try not to think about that too much. But I do have a bunch of loved ones around me that love me unconditionally, and I feel like fans are the same way. That’s why I just want to redeem myself. I want to go out there and fight, and that’s why ….View full article
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