Kelvin Gastelum’s troubles continue as today the Brazilian MMA Sports Court (STJDMMA) handed down punishment for his March 11 positive drug test.
Gastelum was tested the day he defeated former UFC champion Vitor Belfort in devastating fashion. The tests later showed that Gastelum tested positive for marijuana metabolites.
MMA Fighting reports that today’s punishment includes a 90-day suspension, forfeit of 20 percent of his fight purse, and the win over Belfort being overturned to a no-contest. The suspension will be retroactive to the date of the sample collection.
The punishment was part of a plea deal made between Gastelum and the STJDMMA.
The MMA Fighting reports states, “In the plea agreement, Gastelum admitted to the use of Carboxy-THC. If he fails another drug test for cannabinoids, he will go before the STJDMMA and face an ‘aggressive’ sanction, per the statement sent by STJDMMA president Marcelo Sedlmayer. The STJDMMA is the judicial body connected with the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission.”
After the Belfort win, Gastelum was immediately scheduled to face Anderson Silva at UFC 213 on June 3 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was pulled from the card once news of the positive test came forth.
Several days ago Gastelum apologized to Silva and announced that he would like to fight him in New York in July.