12 Mar Cynthia Calvillo accepts six month USADA suspension
Rising UFC strawweight star Cynthia Calvillo has accepted a six month suspension from USADA. The suspension stems from a positive test taken in relation to her last fight at UFC 219 against Carla Esparza. USADA confirmed earlier this week that Calvillo had tested positive for Carboxy-THC, a marijuana metabolite.
“Calvillo, 30, tested positive for Carboxy-THC, the pharmacologically-active metabolite of marijuana and/or hashish, above the decision limit of 180 ng/mL, stemming from an in-competition sample collected on December 30, 2017, at UFC 219 in Las Vegas, Nev. Marijuana and hashish are in the class of Cannabinoids and prohibited in-competition under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List.
Cannabinoids are listed as Specified Substances on the WADA Prohibited List. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, the standard sanction for an anti-doping policy violation involving a Specified Substance is a one-year period of ineligibility, which may be reduced depending on the athlete’s degree of fault.
Calvillo accepted a six-month period of ineligibility, which began on December 30, 2017, and may be reduced to a three-month period of ineligibility, pending the satisfactory completion of a USADA-approved drug awareness and management program. Calvillo’s positive test also falls under the jurisdiction of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which may impose additional sanctions, including fines or a period of ineligibility that is longer than the period set forth above.
Pursuant to the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, all UFC athletes serving a period of ineligibility for an anti-doping policy violation are required to continue to make themselves available for testing in order to receive credit for time completed under their sanction.”
The suspension will be backdated to begin on December 30th 2017 and could potentially be reduced to just three months if Calvillo chooses to complete an USADA approved drug awareness program. Should she choose this route, the Team Alpha Male star could be eligible to return to action as early as the end of this month.
The punishment handed out by USADA might not be the only punishment Calvillo recieves. The Nevada Athletic Commission is yet to comment on the case and could yet hand out their own sanctions for the failed test.