Article by Sam Riches, Growth Op
The Nevada Athletic Commission, which operates in a state that made US$100 million in tax revenue from cannabis sales last year, has handed out reduced sentences to three UFC fighters who tested positive for cannabis.
Originally, Jamahal Hill, Tim Elliott and Luis Pena, were facing nine-month suspensions at a minimum and fines ranging from 15 to 30 per cent of their purse, reports MMA Fighting. But Hill has received a six-month suspension, while Elliott and Pena were suspended for four-and-a-half months. Each fighter was fined 15 per cent of their purse.
According to MMA Junkie, Elliott and Pena received reduced suspensions because they took their fights on short notice. The UFC does not prohibit the use of cannabis out-of-competition.
The fighters reported the positive tests were a result of residual cannabis in their systems, and all three claimed they stopped consuming cannabis as soon as they received notice of the fights.