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Lavar Johnson Fired Following UFC 157 Drug Test; ‘Big’ Admits to Undergoing Testosterone Replacement Therapy


(“HYPOGONADISM BITCH, ALL DAY!” / Photo via Esther Lin @ MMAFighting)

Though his job appeared to be safe following his UFC 157 decision loss to Brendan Schaub, pissing dirty for steroids turned out to be the kiss of death for heavyweight Lavar “Big” Johnson. In light of his failed drug test, Johnson has been cut by the UFC. In addition, the California State Athletic Commission has hit him with a nine-month suspension, as well as a fine of “around $1,250″ that reflects the cost of the two tests the CSAC used for his drug screening.

MMAJunkie adds some more surprising details about what led to Johnson’s PED bust:

An elevated testestosterone-to-epitestosterone (T/E) ratio of 6.6-to-1 triggered a carbon isotope ratio (CIR) test that confirmed Johnson had testosterone in his system that was “was consistent with the administration of a steroid.” Johnson, though, admitted he was undergoing testosterone replacement therapy in a recent conversation with the California State Athletic Commission, which oversaw the Feb. 23 pay-per-view event at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., and suspended him based on the results of his test. Johnson failed to disclose TRT on a pre-fight medical questionnaire. A rep for AKA said the fighter may seek an exemption for the treatment.

Here’s how you know TRT is nothing more than a bullshit cheating-method — when a dude who looks like this claims to need it, and then avoids mentioning it during his pre-fight medicals. Ah well. You can’t say the UFC didn’t warn you. In other UFC drug-bust aftermath news…

UFC middleweight Riki Fukuda, whose positive test for a trio of banned stimulants following UFC on FUEL TV 8 earlier this month led to his own release from the promotion, is blaming the result on over-the-counter cold medication, which he says he took a few weeks before the event, but forgot to disclose to UFC officials beforehand. According to MMAFighting, “Fukuda’s positive test result will be reported to the Association of Boxing Commissions, which will then make a decision regarding how long before he would be allowed to fight for another organization.”

As for Alex “One Toke Over the Line” Caceres, the featherweight released the following statement on Wednesday regarding his bust for marijuana metabolites at the same event: “I accept full responsibility for my actions and the consequences from those actions. I apologize to all that I have disappointed, including the UFC, my family, coaches, training partners and fans. I accept the sanctions from the UFC, and I look forward to completing the necessary steps to getting back in the octagon following the suspension and assuring that this never happens again.”

As we reported previously, Caceres will be suspended six months, and must attend drug rehabilitation classes and pass a drug test before he’s allowed to return to competition. I know, I know — drug rehab for weed. Don’t get us started.

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BaghdadBob- March 23, 2013 at 1:07 pm
I'm shocked - SHOCKED - that there's drug use going on here.
dranokills- March 22, 2013 at 3:00 pm
bye dumb fucker.
Thumblaster- March 22, 2013 at 12:12 pm
"you in here for some marijuana?.... Boo this man!"
KungfuJaysus- March 22, 2013 at 11:53 am
I'm sick of this bullshit. This sport is going down hill very quickly for me. It seems that everyone is a fucking druggy or roided out. And people actually try to defend it. That's the best to me. If its illegal its illegal no matter what your personal opinions are. I just wish everyone had some since of honor and would actually compete without all this crap. I hope the sport cleans up soon. This just ruins it for me. Every fight I watch I wonder if the fighters are gonna pop hot for something. I truly can't enjoy it any more.
Get Off Me- March 22, 2013 at 11:36 am
@Armfarmer Testosterone is a steroid, it was the first anabolic steroid created in the 30's. TRT was created a few years ago, it's a buzz term, but make no mistake injecting testosterone is the same as injecting steroids into your body. As in Chael's case, a test ratio can change drastically within 24hrs, thus making it equivalent to steroid abuse on paper. One day a fighter is walking around at 14:1 the next he is falling within "normal" range...I'm just glad Dana's finally got the message to start ridding the sport of this nonsense. I always likened "TRT" to the term "Transgressions" that Tiger dropped when he got caught cheating on the wife, it's lipstick on a pig really.
ArmFarmer- March 22, 2013 at 11:08 am
Of course, my comment is based on the assumption hes telling the truth and was only using trt. If he was using anything else, then its no longer relevant.
ArmFarmer- March 22, 2013 at 11:05 am
"was consistent with the administration of a steroid" Thats how you know its legalized cheating, not because of what a guy looks like. If a commission is testing a fighter, looks at the results, and cant tell the difference between steroid abuse and trt.. That to me is more telling than anything. I personally dont care about the whole trt thing, but I cant help but look at that statement and wonder why it's allowed.
amsterdamheavy- March 22, 2013 at 10:26 am
Big Dick is a fucking liar - Im getting really tired of this excuse because it assume that everyone knows youre not a fucking liar when you use it.

If youre on proper, supervised by an endocrinologist, or even an MD, TRT - you should never, ever test with a ratio like that.
PERPATRAITOR- March 22, 2013 at 10:17 am
All you need is some of chaels piss from the first silva fight. You can dilute that down and sell it for years!
Fried Taco- March 22, 2013 at 7:42 am
So which state will be the first to give out medical TRT cards? I want to setup a medical testosterone growing business there. All the high school kids will be doing it!
crappiefloper- March 22, 2013 at 7:42 am
Somedays I feel as if I'm the only one NOT sucking down bong hits whilst roided, escuse me, Legitamet medical need TRT to the absolute gills
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