This past weekend, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation overturned Jessica Eye’s UFC 166 win over Sarah Kaufman to a ‘no decision’ without any explanation. Amidst all of the UFC 169 hoopla, the story was swept under rug until today. The commission had changed a win four months after it occurred, and only weeks prior to Eye’s UFC 170 bout against Alexis Davis.
Today, the commission revealed that Eye had failed a post-fight drug test, leading to them overturning her initial split decision victory. Usually a failed drug test leads to a suspension, but in this case, Eye was give a one-year ‘probated suspension’. Basically, Eye was given a warning instead of a true suspension, and is still scheduled to fight Davis at UFC 170. Eye was also fined $1,875 for the failed drug test.
Eye reacted to the news on Twitter earlier today, confirming she will still be fighting at UFC 170:
I PROMISE YOU I AM NOT SUSPEND and WILL BE FIGHTING FEB 22 as scheduled !! @UFC don't believe everything you read online !
— Jessica Eye (@jessicaevileye) February 3, 2014
It will be interesting to see the UFC’s official reaction to Eye’s failed drug test and ‘probated suspension’. In 2013, the UFC suspended Ben Rothwell for 9 months after he tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone. Rothwell was granted a TRT exemption by the Wisconsin commission for his fight against Brandon Vera, but still tested positive for elevated levels post-fight. The Wisconsin commission did not suspend Rothwell, and instead decided to give him an administrative warning. The UFC decided to punish Rothwell further by suspending him. The UFC may do the same in Eye’s case, but Eye seemingly believes she will definitely be fighting later this month.