The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) has revealed today that UFC featherweight Dennis Siver has been suspended for nine months for a failed drug test.
Siver's initial test was deemed inconclusive and a secondary test revealed that he had tested positive for human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), a performance enhancing steroid.
The drug has been involved in two high profile cases before as Manny Ramirez was suspended by the MLB for 50 games after failing a drug test and Brian Cushing of the NFL's Houston Texans was suspended for four games after taking the substance.
The failed test came after his victory over Manvel Gamburyan at UFC 168 in December, that unanimous decision victory has now been changed to a no contest by NSAC.
As well as a nine month ban and victory overturned, Siver will be fined 30% of his purse ($19,600) and will have to submit a clean test before he gets his license back.
The test itself was a random spot drug test, something which has now been changed, as of this weekend's UFC 172, to drug tests for every fighter on the card. Whether or not it will catch more drug cheats on the lower end of the card is unsure.
This is currently Siver's second stint in the UFC and whether or not he'll be cut by the organisation hasn't been made clear.
His defence for the failed test was that he had taken the drugs orally, rather than injections, and it had been unknowingly taken as part of a weight slimming effort, which was structured by a new trainer.
The commission rejected this reasoning and voted unanimously on the decision.
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