The UFC’s independent drug testing agency does not test for recreational drugs outside of competition. However, recreational drugs including marijuana are tested for in-competition. Alcohol is treated in a similar fashion – you are not tested for alcohol out of competition, but are prohibited from fighting while drunk.
Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs have a cutoff of 50 ng/ML. World Anti-Doping Agency has a threshold of 150 ng/ML. USADA uses 180 ng/ML. UFC fighter Kelvin Gastelum tested positive above that level at UFC Fight Night 106: Belfort vs. Gastelum on March 11 in Fortaleza, Brazil. Gastelum was then removed from a scheduled fight with Anderson Silva at UFC 212 on June 3, 2017 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
TheUFC Fight Night 106 bout was regulated by Brazil’s Comissão Atlética Brasileira de MMA, and under CABMMA’s process, cases like this go before the Brazilian MMA Sports Court (STJDMMA). Now Raphael Marinho for Brazil’s Combate reports that a plea agreement has been reached between the relevant parties.
Gastelum’s win over Vitor Belfort will be overturned, he will be fined 20% of his disclosed purse, and he will be suspended for three months, retroactive to the test date. It is not likely that USADA will administer any further punishment. While the date for UFC 212 has passed, UFC on FOX 25 in New York on July 22 is available.
While the date for UFC 212 has passed, UFC on FOX 25 in New York on July 22 is available. And the world is safe once again from the scourge of the demon weed marijuana.