At the UFC Fight Night 48 post-fight media scrum in Macau, UFC President Dana White announced that light heavyweight prospect Robert Drysdale had been released by the promotion.
However, as Drysdale has told the media, there may be more to the story.
Drysdale, the most decorated Brazilian jiu-jitsu competitor on the UFC roster, tested for elevated levels of testosterone after his July 6 victory over Keith Barish. It was the second infraction for the Las Vegas-based fighter and trainer, who was denied a license to fight in Nevada due to an elevated epitestosterone to testosterone ratio in 2013.
Seems cut and dry, right?
Well, maybe not.
However, Drysdale himself told members of the media, including Guilherme Cruz of MMA Fighting that the decision hadn’t been made yet. Later, John Morgan of MMA Junkie reported that he had confirmed with UFC officials that Drysdale was still employed with the UFC.
FWIW, according to Robert Drysdale, UFC won't make a decision about releasing him or not until his NAC meeting.
— Guilherme Cruz (@guicruzzz) August 24, 2014
Just confirmed with a UFC official that Robert Drysdale has NOT been cut yet from the promotion despite Dana saying he thought he was.
— John Morgan (@MMAjunkieJohn) August 23, 2014
Drysdale has already received a temporary suspension from the Nevada Athletic Commission and is expected to receive a full disciplinary hearing later. Caged Insider will follow the story and have a full report later.