NAC Hands Cynthia Calvillo Longer Suspension Than USADA for Positive Marijuana Test

By: Tristen Critchfield
Mar 13, 2018

Cynthia Calvillo will have to wait a little bit longer to make her Octagon return following sanctions handed down by the Nevada Athletic Commission.

During a hearing on Tuesday, the NAC suspended Calvillo for nine months for a positive marijuana test at UFC 219. Last week, USADA announced a six-month sanction for the same offense, and that could have been reduced to three months if Calvillo completed a drug awareness and management program.

Initially, it appeared that Calvillo could return as soon as March 30. With the NAC penalty, the Team Alpha Male product will be out until September 30. Calvillo tested positive for the marijuana metabolite Carboxy-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in an in-competition drug screening at UFC 219. Calvillo lost a unanimous decision to Carla Esparza at the event.

In addition to her suspension, Calvillo was fined $6,150 — 15 percent of her $41,000 purse. She must submit a clean drug test in order to be relicensed.

Prior to losing to Esparza, Calvillo began her UFC tenure with victories over Amanda Bobby Cooper, Pearl Gonzalez and Joanne Calderwood.

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