Three UFC fighters have failed drug tests and have been sanctioned in the state of Texas. But not with USADA.
Niko Price, Curtis Blaydes and Abel Trujillo all tested positive for marijuana in in-competition drug tests in relation to UFC Fight Night 104 in Houston, sources told MMA Fighting on Friday. All three have been suspended 90 days and fined $1,000 by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR), sources said.
Victories by Price and Blaydes have been overturned to no contests, per the official MMA database on mixedmartialarts.com. Price originally defeated Alex Morono by second-round knockout and Blaydes beat Milstead originally by second-round TKO. Price’s no contest was first reported by mikethetruth.com.
Trujillo lost to James Vick by third-round submission on the card.
Despite their test failures for marijuana, none are facing any sanctions from USADA, per USADA spokesperson Ryan Madden. USADA only suspends fighters for cannabis if their drug test comes back with more than 150 ng/ml of the substance’s metabolites, a rule derived from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code.
Texas does not really have a true threshold for cannabis, sources said. It was immediately unclear how much cannabis the tests showed were in the three fighters’ systems. MMA Fighting has made an open records request with the TDLR for that information.
Texas Combative Sports director Greg Alvarez declined comment.