Nevada Commission Hands Out Three Suspensions, Overturns One Fight At Meeting

The Nevada Athletic Commission handed out three suspensions and overturned a UFC result at a meeting Wednesday.

The state athletic commission suspended three UFC fighters as part of their drug-testing program. Daniel Pineda, Rodrigo Nascimento and Chris Barnett were all slapped with sanctions at the meeting.

Pineda tested positive for amphetamine following his June 26th no contest fight against Andre Fili. This ruling will sideline him from competing within the state until March 26th, and gave him a fine of over $2,500.

Pineda has been suspended before in Nevada. The featherweight veteran was notably given a six-month suspension in 2019 for “an elevated testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio” in his body. This ruling pulled him from PFL’s ongoing 145-pound tournament at the time.

A drug test to Nascimento following his July 17th win over Alan Baudot found ritalinic acid in his system. Along with a six-month suspension and a fine of just under $2,000, Nascimento had his win over Baudot overturned to a no contest.

Nascimento’s suspension will expire on January 17th.

Heavyweight veteran Barnett took a suspension due to a drug test that found marijuana in his system on May 22nd. The decision set him back with a fine of over $1,000 and will keep him out of competing in the state until October 26th.

While the athletic commission ruled to end sanctions on the drug back in early July, punishments regarding contests that took place before that date are still being carried out. Barnett just barely missed the window of avoiding suspension, having competed 16 days before the change in rules was made.

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