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Lavar Johnson’s Post-UFC 157 Drug Test Comes Back Positive for Elevated Testosterone


(Image via Esther Lin/MMAFighting.com)

UFC heavyweight Lavar Johnson — who directly inspired our “Will You Be Fired…” flowchart by not getting fired following his UFC 157 loss to Brendan Schaub — caught a bit of bad news yesterday. The California State Athletic Commission revealed (via MMAJunkie) that Johnson’s post-fight drug test at the February 23rd event was flagged for elevated levels of testosterone. A follow-up carbon isotope ratio test “confirmed the testosterone was consistent with the administration of a steroid.”

No word yet on what that steroid was specifically or how high his T-levels were, but damn Lavar, you in troubllllllle. A suspension and fine are likely imminent, and the failed test could eliminate the good-will that Johnson has built up with his employers by always coming to bang.

It’s also noteworthy that Johnson’s drug test involved a carbon isotope ratio test, which “examines the atomic make-up of testosterone in the urine to determine if it is natural or synthetic.” The UFC has drawn some criticism in the past for not using this effective method of catching cheaters. Is the promotion about to get tougher in its anti-doping efforts? And could this be related to Dana White’s recent vow to “test the [expletive]” out of TRT abusers? We’ll update you when we know more…

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crappiefloper- March 20, 2013 at 5:42 pm
On the juice? WHhhhaaaatttt!!
And may Capt SwingDick bestow his blessings upon you for mentioning baseball
BaghdadBob- March 20, 2013 at 11:37 am
I'm shocked, SHOCKED that steroids are being used around here.
cman- March 20, 2013 at 11:27 am
Onan... Win as a team, lose as a team, but enough about team sports especially when we discuss a player who was never a team player.
However I'm still sure bonds roid usage did make him lose, and losing the series in the middle of his abuse compounds his loss of legacy and place in the hall.
Onan- March 20, 2013 at 8:00 am
@masterbaitntackle: So Barry Bonds lost the 2002 World Series? Ummm, ok. The guy only hit over .470 with a ridiculous on-base and slugging percentage for the series but yeah, I can see how that one guy lost the whole series. I apologize after the fact for responding to the baseball talk.
masterbaitntackle- March 20, 2013 at 7:33 am
@ Fried Taco: you say that like it's a bad thing....
Fried Taco- March 20, 2013 at 7:27 am
Pretty soon, the only fighters we'll have left will be guys like Roy Nelson and Mark Hunt.
masterbaitntackle- March 20, 2013 at 7:23 am
@ mma4ever: a gigantic loser....like Barry Bonds in 2002 when he was *ALLEGEDLY* on "the cream" and "the clear" and HGH but still lost the world series against the Angels....I apologize in advance about the baseball talk
masterbaitntackle- March 20, 2013 at 7:16 am
I think he will still be gainfully employed in the UFC.....win or lose, he usually brings it when inside the cage....and if Chris Leben is still around after all the drug AND steroid issues he had, why not keep Big Johnson around?
masterbaitntackle- March 20, 2013 at 7:09 am
He should change his nickname from "big" to "shriveled up nuts and a non-functioning" Johnson.....Right? Right?
mma4ever- March 20, 2013 at 5:40 am
How much of a loser r u when u cheat and u still cant win...
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