Lavar JohnsonUFC heavyweight Lavar Johnson has been suspended 9 months by the California State Athletic Commission after a positive test  following UFC 157. The fighter will be fined as well, but no figure has been announced at this time.

Johnson originally tested for elevated levels of testosterone, which prompted the commission to run further tests that were considered typical “with the administration of a steroid.”

Johnson is one of three UFC fighters to test positive for banned substances this week, as UFC on FUEL TV 8’s Alex Caceres and Riki Fukuda did as well.

Lavar Johnson dropped a disappointing decision to Brendan Schaub at UFC 157. The fighter was originally given a reprieve from being cut before news of the positive test broke yesterday.

[UPDATE] According to MMAJunkie, Johnson admitted to CSAC to using TRT prior to the bout but neglected to seek a therapeutic use exemption.