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Contender Series fighters Anthony Hernandez, Jordan Williams sanctioned for failing drug tests

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Two Contender Series fighters just saw their road to the UFC hit a speed bump.

At a meeting of the Nevada Athletic Commission on Wednesday, Anthony Hernandez and Jordan Williams were handed identical suspensions and fines after testing positive for marijuana following their appearances on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series in June.

The two were both penalized 15 percent of their fight purses (which came out to $750 each) plus $145.36 in attorney fees, their wins on the show will be overturned to no-contests, and they have been suspended six months from competition retroactive to the dates of their last bouts.

Both fighters were victorious on the Contender Series, with Hernandez (7-0) picking up a 40-second knockout win over Jordan Wright on June 19, and Williams (8-2) scoring a third-round TKO against Tim Caron in June 26. However, of the two fighters only Hernandez was officially signed to a UFC deal.

Hernandez will be eligible to compete again on Dec. 19, 2018, Williams on Dec. 26, 2018.

Neither fighter was present at the hearing, but Hernandez called in to verbally confirm that he accepted the conditions in addition to previously signing an agreement. The commission was unable to reach Williams, but he had signed an agreement and a movement was made to approve the conditions.

The test results were first reported by The MMA Report.