Hector Lombard tests positive for banned substance following UFC 182
Hector Lombard is the latest fighter to test positive for banned substances following his fight against Josh Burkman at UFC 182 in Las Vegas on Jan. 3.
A Nevada State Athletic Commission report confirmed on Tuesday following an initial story from MMAFighting.com that Lombard failed his fight night drug test with a positive result for desoxymethyltestosterone, an anabolic steroid banned as a performance-enhancing drug.
Desoxymethyltestosterone is described as a "designer" steroid that helps build maximum muscle and strength with minimal weight gain.
The test was conducted on the night of the fight, and the sample was tested by Quest Diagnostics in Kansas.
Lombard was scheduled to face Rory MacDonald as the co-main event for UFC 186 in Montreal in April, but the fight was canceled Tuesday with no reason given. Now it's clear why.
Lombard's opponent, Josh Burkman, also was tested and came back clear of all performance-enhacing substances.
The positive test result for Lombard will land him in the crosshairs of the commission with a temporary suspension likely headed his way if he ends up on the agenda of the governing body's meeting on Feb. 17. His case could get pushed to March.
Either way, Lombard will not be fighting MacDonald or anyone else until this matter is settled. MacDonald will be rebooked for a different fight, although no announcements have been made.
Lombard joins the growing list of fighters testing positive for banned substances recently — most notably former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, who also tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs before his fight at UFC 183 on Jan. 31.