Nevada Athletic Commission Hands Ryan Benoit Suspension, Overturns ‘Contender Series’ Win For Josh Quinlan

The Nevada Athletic Commission announced two sanctions to UFC fighters at a meeting Wednesday. The changes include two suspensions, with one of them causing a fight result to be overturned.

Benoit Given Nine-Month Suspension For Sleep Apnea Medication

Ryan Benoit was given a nine-month suspension for a drug test registered for his fight in July against Zarrukh Adashev. The drug test found modafinil, a sleep apnea medication, in his system during the fight week, per Nolan King of MMA Junkie.

Benoit’s suspension will sideline him from competing in the state of Nevada until April 1st, 2022. He also suffered a fine for his drug test, owing to the commission just under $3,500.

Benoit’s fight against Adashev from July won’t be overturned, as the fight was a unanimous decision victory for Adashev.

Quinlan’s ‘Contender Series’ Win Overturned Due To Drug Test

Josh Quinlan’s 47-second stoppage win over Logan Urban on “Dana White’s Contender Series” from early September has been overturned to a no contest due to a drug test that detected banned substance drostanolone, as first reported by Nolan King of MMA Junkie.

The drug test has also resulted in a nine-month suspension for Quinlan, stopping him from competing in the state until June 7th, 2022. He was ordered to pay the commission less than $800 due to it.

Quinlan’s win earned him a UFC contract on the show. It’s unknown at the moment if this sanction will affect his status with the promotion.

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