The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) has brought down the hammer on UFC welterweight fighter Niko Price during a monthly meeting. Price will be benched for 6 months after he tested positive for marijuana following his bout in September. Niko Price faced off against perennial veteran Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone’ and the bout ended in a majority draw.
The fight has been overturned to a ‘No Contest’ on the record of both fighters following NSAC’s recent ruling. Not to mention, Price was also slapped with an $8,500 fine for his test that came back over the viable limit. ‘The Hybrid’ took to Twitter and spoke out to fans following the news of the suspension.
— Niko Price (@Nikohybridprice) December 2, 2020
Furthermore, this isn’t the first time Niko Price has put a toe across the line after he popped for marijuana back in 2017. Marijuana isn’t illegal in the state of Nevada; however, it has been placed on the banned substance list.
Niko Price vs Donald Cerrone: A missed opportunity
The 14-4 fighter has fought top names in the 170-pound division ever since he made his move to the UFC. Facing off against ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone was a massive opportunity and in all accounts, he put forth a good performance. Cerrone’s known amongst the casual fanbase and it served as a good opportunity to raise his profile in the division.
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 19: Donald Cerrone (L) and Niko Price (R) battle to a draw in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on September 19, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)