Gastelum vs. Belfort declared No Contest
According to MMAJunkie, Gastelum’s win over Vitor Belfort is overturned.
In March’s UFC Fight Night 106 headliner, Gastelum ventured to Brazil and beat local star and former champ Vitor Belfort via first-round TKO. However, Gastelum tested positive for THC in a sample collected on the day of the event.
Gastelum’s win will be officially been overturned and declared a no-contest on Monday, STJDMMA President Marcelo Sedlmayer confirmed with MMAjunkie. Additionally, Gastelum has been suspended 90 days (retroactive to the March 11 test date), and he’s been fined 20 percent of his purse (which wasn’t disclosed). The fine will be held by the commission.
According to Sedlmayer, the plea agreement was made in accordance with representatives from USADA, the UFC and Cristiano Sampaio, who oversees operations for Comissao Atletica Brasileira de MMA (CABMMA, which is Brazil’s MMA commission).
Gastelum is unlikely to face additional penalties from USADA, Sedlmayer told MMAjunkie.
Here’s the statement sent to MMAjunkie:
“Marcelo Sedlmayer Jorge, president of the Superior Sports Justice Court – MMA and the entity’s attorney (Emmanuel Guedes Ferreira), in a joint effort with CABMMA, represented by Cristiano Sampaio, have formalized an agreement with the athlete Kelvin Gastelum, his lawyers and USADA.
“The athlete has officially confessed to the use of the Carboxy-THC substance, has publicly apologized. The athlete makes a commitment not to break any other norm of the sport, under risk of aggravated penalties due to repeated offense.”
However, with his 90-day suspension set to expire on June 11, Gastelum would be available for a desired rebooking with Silva at UFC on FOX 25 in New York on July 22.