American UFC fighter Kelvin Gastelum has served a five-month ban for breaching anti-doping regulations for a second time, the United States Anti-Doping Agency has confirmed.
The 28-year-old middleweight tested positive for cannabis – on UFC/Usada’s banned list – when he fought and lost on a split decision to England’s Darren Till in New York in November’s UFC 244. Gastelum was initially banned for nine months, but that was reduced to five after the completion of a drug treatment programme. The ban started in November, meaning he is now free to compete again. Gastelum had also tested positive on a similar charge in March 2017, when his six-month ban was halved after completion of a Usada-approved drug awareness and management programme.