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Lavar Johnson‘s once-promising UFC career ended in the least respectable way possible: a boring lay-and-pray loss at the hands of Brendan Schaub at UFC 157, followed by a failed drug test for elevated testosterone, which resulted in Johnson’s release from the promotion and a nine-month suspension from the California State Athletic Commission. But according to “Big,” his botched test wasn’t the result of your everyday anabolic steroid use. The truth is, Johnson got on testosterone replacement therapy in the lead-up to the fight, as a way to combat fatigue and repeated injuries in training, but didn’t disclose it to the CSAC because he figured he’d get away with it. See? Totally different than cheating. As he explained yesterday on The MMA Hour:
“What happened was basically I was on TRT, I just didn’t disclose it to the athletic commission. It was my mistake. I was taking such little amounts; me and my doctor didn’t think anything was going to pop up, like it’s no big deal. I guess any time you’re taking any kind of testosterone it’s going to show on the test. So that’s basically what I got popped for.
“You know, if you take steroids they’ll suspend you for a year. I wasn’t taking steroids. I was prescribed [TRT] by a doctor. They suspended me for nine months, and I ended up showing them my prescription from my doctor and everything. They ended up reducing it to six months. That was it. Unfortunately I got released from the UFC, and messed up the good opportunity.”
Two questions immediately come to mind: 1) Who the hell is Lavar Johnson’s doctor? He “didn’t think anything was going to pop up, like it’s no big deal”? “I guess any time you’re taking any kind of testosterone it’s going to show on the test”?? Are you fucking kidding me? What did they think was going to happen to Johnson’s testosterone levels when he started taking TRT?
And 2) Dude, are you sure you want to admit all of this in a public forum? Johnson didn’t disclose the TRT because he knew it was, on some level, cheating. Maybe he wouldn’t have even been able to obtain an official exemption, because then he’d have to prove a need for it, which might have been non-existent. Essentially, his explanation is “I only took a little bit of it because I thought I wouldn’t get caught. Oh well, lesson learned.”
Of course, none of this matters to Bellator, who signed the 36-year-old last month for its Season Nine Heavyweight Tournament, which begins this Friday. Johnson will be facing former UFC embarrassment Vinicius Queiroz in the semis, and says he’ll be off the TRT for it:
“I just don’t even want to take the chance or anything. I’m just going to ride out my career natural. If I get hurt, or if I can’t compete with these guys, then I just won’t fight.
“A lot of people look down on [TRT]. I don’t want to be that guy. I don’t want people to think I need it to be a good fighter to compete with these guys. I’ve been knocking people out since I was like 14 years old. If I can’t compete, and I keep getting injured, then I’ll just be done.”