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Lavar Johnson Given UFC Release After Failed Drug Test

Lavar Johnson was handed a nine-month suspension for his failed drug test earlier Thursday, and the UFC decided to part ways with him completely, according to a report by

Johnson had elevated levels of testosterone in his system during the post-fight drug test at UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche last month. He later admitted to using TRT, but did not disclose that information to the commission.

Johnson (17-7) split his four Octagon bouts, including a loss to Brendan Schaub last month. Following the defeat, he posted on Twitter that UFC officials planned to keep him around.

The former Strikeforce fighter is expected to be fined for his failed drug test, as well. Johnson may seek out an exemption for TRT in the future, according to a representative at American Kickboxing Academy, where he trains.