Brian Ortega tested positive for steroids after UFC on Fox 12. | Jeff Sherwood/Sherdog.com
UFC featherweight Brian Ortega tested positive for the anabolic steroid drostanolone following his win against Mike de la Torre at UFC on Fox 12 in San Jose, Calif., on July 26.
The California State Athletic Commission revealed the results of Ortega’s test to Sherdog.com on Friday. As a result, Ortega has been suspended for nine months and fined $2,500. Additionally, Ortega's win over de la Torre will be changed to a no contest. He may file an appeal with CSAC within 30 days.
All 24 fighters competing at UFC on Fox 12 provided urine samples that were sent to a UCLA Olympic analytical lab that is World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) accredited. All the specimens -- with the exception of Ortega’s – came back negative.
The Los Angeles native wasted little time in his UFC debut, submitting De La Torre via rear-naked choke 1:39 into the first round of their bout at the SAP Center. The win served as Ortega's fifth via submission and fourth in the opening frame.
The 23-year-old Ortega is the latest former Resurrection Fighting Alliance champion to test positive for a banned substance. Kevin Casey, the former RFA 185-pound champ, tested positive for the anabolic steroid drostanolone after a victory over Bubba Bush at UFC 175.