Trevin Jones looked overmatched in the opening round of his UFC debut at ESPN 15.
He took the fight on short notice and reportedly cut 16 pounds in 36 hours to make the 140-pound catchweight limit for his match against Timur Valiev. In the first round, Valiev connected on a kick to the body that had Jones in trouble, but he managed to survive to the bell and then sent Valiev to the mat with a right hook in the next round, completing one of the most stunning comebacks in recent UFC history.
Earlier this week, however, that accomplishment was diminished. The Nevada Athletic Commission has stripped Jones of the win after he tested positive for cannabis, reports MMA Fighting.
Jones, 30, was also suspended by the commission for 4.5 months and fined nearly $2,000. He will need to pass three additional drug tests before he gets another fight license.
The decision comes after the same athletic commission sanctioned three other UFC athletes for positive cannabis tests last month. Jamahal Hill received a six-month suspension, while Tim Elliott and Luis Pena each received four-and-a-half month suspensions. All three fighters said the positive tests were a result of residual cannabis in their system and they had stopped consuming the plant as soon as they received notice of their fights.
And though the UFC removed cannabis from its list of prohibited substances in 2019, the athletes are still bound by the rules of state athletic commissions. Cannabis is legal in the state of Nevada, but the athletic commission has not reformed or relaxed its policies regarding the plant.
“That’s where the issue continues to remain, the athletic commissions,” Jeff Novitzky, the UFC’s senior vice president of athlete health and performance, said recently. “By sanctioning on marijuana, I really think we are pushing