Melissa Gatto was supposed to make her UFC debut earlier this month against Julia Avila at UFC 239, but withdrew for unknown reasons. As it turns out, Gatto failed an out-of-competition USADA drug test, sources confirmed with ESPN. The Nevada commission also retains jurisdiction in the matter because of the test's proximity to UFC 239 in Las Vegas. Gatto is expected to have her NSAC hearing next month, per executive director Bob Bennett.
Sean O'Malley's hearing in front of the Nevada commission was scheduled for Wednesday, but will be pushed back to next month upon request, NSAC executive director Bob Bennett confirmed. O'Malley is temporarily suspended for an atypical drug-test finding. USADA has cleared him. O'Malley was suspended six months last year by NSAC and USADA for ostarine, the substance in question again. USADA believes the recent positives are residuals from before.
Saad Awad has re-signed with Bellator, a multi-fight deal, promotion officials told ESPN. Awad will face Goiti Yamauchi in the lightweight co-main event of Bellator's card at Pechanga in Temecula, Calif., on Oct. 4. Awad, a 34-fight veteran and action fighter, is trying to bounce back from a two-bout losing streak. Yamauchi has won four of five. The main event that night is Andrey Koreshkov vs. Lorenz Larkin.