There was a lot of confusion surrounding Rory MacDonald’s canceled bout with Hector Lombard set for UFC 186 in MacDonald’s backyard in Montreal. Demetrious Johnson vs. Kyoji Horguchi replaced the bout with no explanation from the UFC until today’s news. Bloody Elbow reports that the NSAC confirmed with MMA Fighting that Hector Lombard failed his UFC 182 fight night drug test.
According to the report, Hector Lombard tested positive for the anabolic steroid desoxymethyltestosterone. In UFC 182, Lombard defeated Josh Burkman by unanimous decision. His drug test was taken on the same day of the bout and the results were to the commission until January 13th.
Bloody Elbow also reports that NSAC executive director Bob Bennet is unsure if Hector Lombard will receive his temporary suspension at the February 17th meeting. However, it is likely that he will be suspended, fined and his win will turn into a no contest.
On the positive test, UFC 182 opponent Josh Burkman stated,
“I don’t think steroids win fights although they do help,” Burkman told MMAFighting.com, “nor do I think we should judge the athletes so harshly. I still respect Hector Lombard as a man and as a martial artist.
“Remember this while reading people’s reactions to UFC test results: those who judge others the harshest are the worst offenders and biggest liars. Anderson Silva insisted a life-time ban, and then he tested positive.”
“I’ve seen PED’s used by athletes in all sports at all levels. This is not an MMA issue. It seems to be part of sports. All sports. Lance Armstrong, A-Rod, baseball, football, basketball, speed skating … Anyone who overlooks this is nieve. That doesn’t mean all athletes use them, I’m just not surprised when guys do.”
Scifighting will have more on the story as it develops, including the results of the hearing and Rory MacDonald’s new opponent.