Hector Lombard’s failed drug test following a fight vs. Josh Burkman will cost the former Bellator champion severely.
The Nevada Athletic Commission moved Monday to suspend Lombard for one-year and fine him his win bonus and 33-percent of his show purse for failing his post-fight drug test. Also, his win over Burkman will be changed to a no-contest.
“I let down the UFC, Dana White, Lorenzo (Fertitta), the fans, my sponsors and countless others,” Lombard said. “I also owe an apology to my opponent, Josh Burkman.
“I trusted those around me and in my inner circle to provide me with proper guidance and information to allow me to perform at my best.”
Lombard claimed to have taken two “Z-Packs” and some pills due to getting the flu prior to his fight with Burkman earlier this year. The commission, led by Pat Lundvall, stated they did not believe this excuse and moved ahead with the punishment.
Prior to the failed test results becoming public knowledge, Lombard was booked for a likely No. 1 contender match in the UFC’s welterweight division with Rory MacDonald.
The 37-year-old, who will be eligible to apply for his fight license again in early 2016, competed in the Olympics for Cuba. He must successfully pass a drug test prior to obtaining his license.