The California State Athletic Commission announced today (via MMAJunkie) that UFC featherweight Brian Ortega (8-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) tested positive for the steroid drostanolone following his first-round submission victory over Mike De La Torre at last month’s UFC on FOX 12 event in San Jose.
Ortega has subsequently been suspended from action for 9 months and fined $2500. “T-City” has the option to appeal the CSAC’s decision, but has yet to indicate if he will do so.
Brian Ortega trains out of the same gym, Blackhouse MMA, as another fighter who recently tested positive for Drostanolone. Kevin Casey tested positive for the drug following his first-round KO of Bubba Bush at July’s UFC 175 event in Las Vegas.
Ortega was thought to have extended his undefeated streak to 9-0 by tapping out De La Torre, but his record will remain at 8-0 due to the failed drug test.
Prior to his octagon debut at UFC on FOX 12, Ortega was coming off a featherweight title fight victory for RFA, where he defeated Keoni Koch, the older brother of the UFC’s Erik Koch.
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