NAC Suspends UFC's Kevin Croom, Contender Series Alum Jose Flores for Marijuana Use

By: Tristen Critchfield
Nov 4, 2020

UFC lightweight Kevin Croom and Dana White’s Contender Series alum Jose Flores each received four-and-a-half month suspensions from the Nevada Athletic Commission after testing positive for marijuana in relation to recent bouts.

The NAC issued the sanctions during a teleconference on Wednesday. Additionally, Contender Series heavyweight Chad Johnson received a nine-month term for testing positive for a banned amphetamine, while UFC welterweight Niko Price had a temporary suspension extended after testing positive for the prohibited cannabinoid carboxy THC in relation to his bout at UFC Fight Night 178 on Sept. 19.

Croom scored a major upset in his Octagon debut at UFC Fight Night 177, where he submitted Roosevelt Roberts with a guillotine choke 31 seconds into Round 1. Croom tested positive for marijuana in a pre-fight drug screening, which resulted in a suspension that ends on Jan. 26 and a $1,800 fine as well as fees totaling $145.36.

Flores, who was submitted in the opening round of a matchup with Jordan Leavitt on the Contender Series on Aug. 4, will see his suspension end on Dec. 4. He was fined $750 and must also pay $145.36 in fees.

Johnson, meanwhile, suffered a first-round knockout loss to Josh Parisian in a Contender Series bout on Aug. 18. The Roufusport heavyweight’s sanction lasts until May 18, and he also owes $750 in fines and $145.36 in prosecution fees.

Price battled Donald Cerrone to a draw on the date of his failed drug test at UFC Fight Night 178. The NAC hopes to resolve Price’s case at a hearing in December.

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