Rafael Cavalcante loses license
The California State Athletic Commission on Monday announced the suspension of light heavyweight Rafael Cavalcante's license after he tested positive for stanozolol metabolites, a banned anobolic agent.
The 31-year-old Brazilian former Strikeforce champion, one month removed from a 33-second destruction of Mike Kyle in San Jose, Calif., will see that result changed to a "no decision."
He was suspended one year retroactive to May 18, the date the sample was collected, and fined $2,500.
CSAC executive officer George Dodd told ESPN.com that Cavalcante's camp has asked for an analysis of the "B" sample. Dodd said they are "waiting on the lab to inform CSAC of the date of time that will occur."
"Our primary concern is for the health and safety of fighters," Dodd said in a statement. "Anabolic agents and other banned substances put not only the users of those agents at risk, but their opponents as well. The commission simply will not tolerate their use."
Cavalcante (12-3) is the third former Strikeforce champion to test positive for a banned substance this year. His urine specimen was tested at the World Anti-Doping Agency facility at the University of California, Los Angeles.
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