Cynthia Calvillo, UFC women’s strawweight contender is the latest fighter to test positive for marijuana metabolites.
Calvillo encountered her first career loss, losing a close decision to former champion Carla Esparza last month at UFC 219. Sadly, that’s not where the trouble ends for her.
Calvillo has been notified by a potential UFC anti-doping policy violation, that She tested positive for Carboxy-Tetrahydrocannabinol (Carboxy-THC) — over the limit of 180 ng/mL — in an in-competition drug test administered by the USADA.
Therefore, Calvillo faces a sanction from the (NAC), too.
Below is the UFC’s official statement on this development.
The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) informed Cynthia Calvillo of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation involving Carboxy-Tetrahydrocannabinol (“Carboxy-THC”) which is a metabolite of marijuana and/or hashish, above the decision limit of 180 ng/mL, stemming from an in-competition sample collected in conjunction with her recent bout in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 30, 2017, UFC 219: Cyborg vs. Holm.
USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Calvillo, as it relates to the UFC Anti-Doping Policy and future UFC participation. Because the Nevada Athletic Commission was the regulatory body overseeing the fight in Las Vegas and has licensing jurisdiction over Calvillo, USADA will work to ensure that the Nevada Athletic Commission has the necessary information to determine its proper judgment of Calvillo’s potential anti-doping violation. Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.
The last fighter to fail a marijuana-related drug test was UFC’s Kelvin Gastelum, who was given a three-month suspension as a result. His victory over Vitor Belfort was also overturned. Though the result of Calvillo’s bout with Esparza probably won’t change, as she lost the fight.
Calvillo, who debuted in the UFC in early 2017, is 3-1 now.