NSAC gives Cynthia Calvillo nine-month suspension – three more months than USADA

UFC women’s strawweight Cynthia Calvillo is getting a tougher look from the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

The NSAC today confirmed Calvillo (6-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) was given a nine-month suspension for a positive marijuana test stemming from a losing effort against Carla Esparza (13-4 MMA, 4-2 UFC) at UFC 219.

Calvillo also was fined 15 percent of her disclosed $41,000 purse, or $6,150, in addition to $436.08 in attorney’s fees.

Calvillo’s suspension is retroactive to Dec. 30, the night of her fight and an in-competition drug test that revealed marijuana metabolites in excess of the allowable limit of 180 ng/mL. She is eligible to apply for another license on Sept. 30.

Earlier this month, UFC anti-doping partner USADA announced that Calvillo had accepted a six-month suspension that could be halved if she agreed to participate in a USADA-approved drug awareness and management program. Her USADA suspension runs concurrently with the NSAC’s.

The NSAC revamped its anti-doping program in 2015, approving harsher punishments for violators including 18 months for first-time marijuana offenders. Less than two years later, however, the commission explored the possibility of removing marijuana as a banned substance given the state’s legalization of recreational use.

Calvillo must submit a clean drug test for steroids and diuretics 30, 15 and three days prior to receiving a fight license in Nevada. She also must pay her fine or arrange a payment plan before she is allowed to apply.

Calvillo’s loss to Esparza at UFC 219, which took place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and was part of the pay-per-view main card, was the first setback of her professional career and ended a three-fight winning streak.

For complete coverage of UFC 219, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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