Kelvin Gastelum’s fight night sample for his fight with Vitor Belfort returned positive for THC, which is a metabolite of marijuana and/or hashish above the 180 ng/mL allowance by the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) standard.
As a result of the failed test, Kelvin will serve a 90-day suspension retroactive to March 11, the date he fought Vitor Belfort. He is also being fined 20% of his purse and his win over Vitor Belfort is being over turned.
The Brazilian courts also stated that Gastelum will not likely face any additional penalties from USADA as part of the settlement agreement. Kelvin isn’t happy and vows to never fight in Brazil again.
He was scheduled to take on Anderson Silva at UFC 212, in Brazil. No word yet if we will see the fight rescheduled. Anderson has stated recently that he will retire if he doesn’t get a interim title shot against Yoel Romero. Dana white has already said that isn’t going to happen.
The former UFC Bantamweight champion Renan Barão will finally make his return. This time however, it will not be at Bantamweight. Barão is making the official move up to Featherweight where he will face Jeremy “Lil Heathen” Stephens in his divisional debut at UFC Fight Night 88 as reported first by Brazilian media Combate.
Barão (33-3, 8-2 in UFC) won the Interim UFC Bantamweight title back in July of 2013 after defeating Urijah Faber at UFC 149. Barao was a replacement for champion Dominick Cruz who pulled out of the bout with Faber due to injury. After winning the Interim title Barao successfully defended the title once against Michael “Mayday” McDonald and Eddie Wineland before Cruz would be stripped of the title in early 2014, making Barão the official champion at 135, where he successfully defended the title once more against Faber with a first round TKO victory. Barão has since suffered two title losses to TJ Dillashaw where Barão was finished due to strikes on both occasions.
Throughout Renan Barão’s reign at Bantamweight, the only legitimate controversy that followed the Brazilian was his weight cutting methods. Barão openly admitted the level of difficulty it took to make weight at 135 and even pulled out of a headlining bout at UFC 177 due to his weight cut putting him out of action medically.
Stephens (24-12, 11-11 in UFC), who is ranked at No. 9 in the UFC’s official rankings, is looking to gain some momentum back after going 1-3 in his last four. Stephen’s lone win in that time comes against top-ranked Dennis Bermudez while he has dropped fights to Cub Swanson, Charles Oliveira and Max Holloway.
UFC Fight Night 88, as of press time, does not have an official place or venue scheduled. However, the event is confirmed to take place in the country of Brazil on May 29. No other bouts have been added to the card.
The UFC’s next trip to Brazil will feature a welterweight slobberknocker.
Matt “The Immortal” Brown vs. Demian Maia was announced Monday by UFC senior Vice President Giovani Decker. The card takes place on May 14th while now venue has been chosen as of press time.
Maia (22-6, 16-6 in UFC), who is ranked fifth in the UFC rankings has been knocking on the the door to a title shot and is currently riding a 4-fight winning streak. Maia most recently dismantled Gunnar Nelson at UFC 194 last December.
Brown (20-13, 13-7 in UFC) was recently forced from a bout with Kelvin Gastelum last November due to injury. His last fight was a first-round submission victory over Tim Means last Summer. Brown is currently ranked No. 6 in the UFC’s media generated rankings.
This card will be headlined by Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort.