“I’m an inactive fighter. I was released from the UFC before this test was taken,” Melendez told ESPN. I believe [USADA] has no jurisdiction over me. … I’m a private citizen and it’s no one’s business what I’m putting into my body at that point.”
According to USADA, Melendez didn’t object to the positive result itself, but rather the fact that he was no longer employed by the promotion. In rebuttal, USADA officials claimed that no one informed them of Melendez’s release, and if “El Nino” was no longer an active UFC fighter he could’ve rejected the test despite the fact that he was still in the testing pool.