Following a KO win at UFC Fight for the Troops 3, Yancy Medeiros failed his post-fight drug test for marijuana metabolites.
He has been suspended for 90-days set from the date of the failed test and must pass a forthcoming drug test before applying for a license to fight again.
In an attempt to get back in to the win column, UFC lightweight Medeiros (9-1, 1 NC) took on Yves Edwards at UFC Fight Night 31 in November of last year. Medeiro’s knocked Edwards out halfway through the first round and made a statement in just his second UFC bout, one that now stands as a No Contest with an unfortunate asterisk next to it.
The UFC has since released a statement on Medeiros’ failed drug:
UFC lightweight Yancy Medeiros tested positive for marijuana metabolites following his bout against Yves Edwards at UFC FIGHT FOR THE TROOPS 3 in Ft. Campbell, KY on Nov. 6, 2013.
He was informed that his positive test violated the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy and Promotional Agreement with Zuffa, LLC. He agreed to and served a 90-day suspension retroactive to the event, and must pass a drug test before receiving clearance to compete again. The outcome of his bout against Edwards was changed to a no contest.
The punishment passed down further highlights the inconsistencies in the severity of each. A failed test for marijuana is often viewed as a case-by-case basis with the athletic commissions of the given state ruling over a vague system of discipline.
Fellow UFC fighter Robbie Peralta failed his drug test after an April 2013 bout with Akira Corassani and was hit with a six month suspension, with the similar parameters of return in the passing of a drug test to compete in the UFC, once the six month suspension is up.
Rules on a drug used recreationally with no severe medical risks or physical advantages must be changed. The fact that some states are allowing the drug for recreational use yet some athletic commissions still pass down harsh penalties is sad as they work off the framework of a broken system.
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