Former Strikeforce &a WEC lightweight champion turned UFC contender Gilbert Melendez has tested positive for or exogenous origin of testosterone metabolites following his split decision loss to Eddie Alvarez at UFC 188 last month. UFC officials made the announcement on Monday afternoon.

As a result of his positive test, Melendez will be pulled from his next bout against Al Iaquinta, which was scheduled for the co-main event of at UFC Fight Night 71 on July 15, and will receive a one year suspension for violating the UFC fighter code of conduct policy.

Melendez released the following statement regarding his postive test through

“Regrettably, I tested positive in my post fight urine sample for UFC 188. I did not inject anything, but I am responsible and accept the consequences for the results. I will make sure I am better educated about the products I use and their implications.

“Going forward I will ensure no products I use will contain banned substances. I am sincerely apologetic to everyone who supports me, including my fans, sponsors and the UFC. I value your trust and respect and will do everything in my power to keep it.”

There is currently no word on a replacement opponent against Iaquinta.

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