UFC heavyweight Lavar Johnson pulled out of a December duel with Brendan Schaub due to injury, delaying the fight until February at UFC 157 where the Strikeforce veteran lost a decision after failing to counter Schaub’s takedown attempts and top control. However, it looks like Johnson still shouldn’t have accepted the bout, as the California Athletic Commission has confirmed the 35-year old tested positive for an elevated level of testosterone.
According to a report from MMAJunkie, the result did not indicate a questionable T:E ratio but actual steroid use. As a result, it’s likely Johnson will suffer a 6-12 month suspension and significant fine to boot. Since he lost the bout no change will need to be made to the effort’s result.
The stumble to Schaub was Johnson’s second straight after scoring opening round knockouts in his first two fights under the UFC banner. He holds an overall record of 17-7 with all of his wins featuring some form of stoppage.
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