The latest in a series of failed drug tests has resulted in the most recent culprit, Lavar Johnson, being cut from the UFC.
After the failed test in California, UFC executive Marc Ratner on Thursday verified the release of Johnson by the promotion. Following his loss to Brendan Schaub by unanimous decision at UFC 157 last month, Johnson’s post-fight drug test showed an elevated testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio.
Additionally, the sample also failed a carbon isotope test. That test was conducted at the WADA lab located at UCLA. Andy Foster, executive director of the California State Athletic Commission, verified the results and indicated a nine month suspension is likely forthcoming for Johnson. However, nothing has been made official at this point.
The failed test was just salt in the wounds for Lavar Johnson who was the victim of a takedown clinic put on by Brendan Schaub during their contest, which took plave in Anaheim, Calif. in February. It was the second straight defeat for Johnson who spent the majority of the fight on his back, unable to mount any offense of his own.
With his departure, Johnson leaves behind a 2-2 record in the UFC. He burst on the scene impressively, with a pair of knockout victories over Pat Barry and Joey Beltran. However, he was unable to continue the momentum, as he fell in his last two outings to Brendan Schaub and Stefan Struve. At 35 years of age, and with a failed drug test to his name, it is unlikely that Lavar Johnson will make it back to the UFC in the future.