Earlier today we reported that UFC welterweight contender Hector Lombard had failed his UFC 182 drug test for anabolic steroids.
With the news, Lombard was pulled from his scheduled UFC 186 co-main event bout with Rory MacDonald by UFC officials.
Lombard, who defeated Josh Burkman via unanimous decision at January’s UFC 182 event, declined to comment on his positive test when contacted by MMAFighting.com.
However, MMAJunkie was able to get a hold of Lombard’s manager, Narcis Mujkic of I Love MMA Management, to get his thoughts on Hector’s positive test for the designer steroid desoxymethyltestosterone:
“I was really, really surprised.” Mujkic stated.
According to his manager, Lombard was tested “a week or two weeks” before his January 3 fight with Josh Burkman at an anti-aging clinic and “everything was right or correct.”
The anti-aging clinic, 4Ever Young Anti-Aging Solutions, is a chief sponsor of Lombard’s, said Mujkic, and has tested the fighter before previous fights.
“He does that every time, and everything was clear,” Mujkic said.
Mujkic declined to answer follow-up questions about Lombard’s relationship with the clinic, namely why the fighter would have himself blood tested prior to fights.
Mujkic believes the NSAC will retest Lombard’s sample to confirm the result, although the commission typically doesn’t do so unless a result is challenged by the athlete. The NSAC will decide what fines, disciplinary actions and whether the fight with Burkman will be overturned during a hearing on February 17.
“We do not approve of doping in sport in any case,” Mujkic said. “So far, we have not had any knowledge of possible doping of our fighter, so therefore we cannot speculate on this case until the second control is over and until we have all the facts in our hands. I’m in touch with my fighter, and we’re waiting for a second result.”
Mujkic said he was not informed of Lombard’s positive test by the NSAC but had “just received” a letter from the UFC.
“I don’t like to speculate on the case,” he said. “I need to talk with the Nevada commission as to what is positive. We have that blood test that we did a few weeks ago, and at this moment, I don’t want to say anything else.”
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