The shallow UFC Flyweight division just got a little more shallow, as one of their fighters faces a suspension due to a failed drug test.
Louis Gaudinot has been suspended by the UFC after testing positive for a banned diuretic following his win over Phil Harris at Fight Night 37. MMA Junkie reports that Gaudinot tested positive in the post-fight test and was suspended for six months, with the win overturned to a no-contest.
Harris initially reported the news on Twitter, saying “My last fight vs. Louis Gaudinot is now a no-contest due to him failing a drugs (drug) test.”
The UFC self-regulated the show, as it took place in London, where there was no regulatory commission. Gaudinot must submit a clean drug test before returning to action, and so far hasn’t been fined for the failed test.
Gaudinot released the following statement:
“I have great respect for the UFC, the sport of MMA, and my opponent. I would never do anything to disrespect any of them. I would also never do anything to tarnish my name, my teammates, and family. While I deny any wrongdoing, I will respect the decision of the UFC and look forward to getting back in the cage in pursuit of the UFC flyweight championship. I thank my family, teammates and fans for their support.”
Gaudinot is currently the number-12 ranked flyweight in the UFC’s rankings. It’s unknown if the UFC plans on removing him from those rankings while he serves his suspension or not.