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Drysdale Still on UFC Roster Despite Failed Test

Kelsey Mowatt

Robert Drysdale

Although grappling star Robert Drysdale was recently pulled from UFC 167, after testing for an elevated testosterone-to-epitestosterone (T/E) ratio, it appears as though the light-heavyweight remains tied to the promotion.

Drysdale was ordered to undergo a pre-fight test recently by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, and as a result of a  T/E ratio of 19.4/1, he was not licensed to compete at the November 16th event. Gian Villante was tapped as his replacement and will now fight Cody Donovan.

According to a report from MMA, Drysdale applied for a TRT exemption earlier this summer, when he was scheduled to fight at UFC 163. The NSAC denied his application (which was reportedly submitted on short notice) and Drysdale eventually withdrew due to a reported staph infection. Despite Drysdale’s inability to get a license, as a result of his pre-fight test, a UFC representative relayed in the aforementioned report:

“Obviously, Robert needs to establish that he is medically fit to participate and apply for the appropriate licensure,” the official stated. “Assuming he is able to do this, he will fight for the organization at some point in the future.”

So far, the 32 year-old Drysdale has not received any further disciplinary action, so theoretically, the light-heavyweight could be booked for another fight in the coming months. Provided, of course, that all these issues get worked out.

The former ADCC champ has gone 6-0 to date in pro MMA, and all six of Drysdale’s wins have come via first round submission (of course…). Most recently, while competing for Legacy FC in April, Drysdale submitted D.J. Linderman with a rear-naked-choke.

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