The highlight knockout Journey Newson had at UFC 247 is now unofficial, as his win has been overturned for a failed drug test.
Journey Newson once again finds himself without a win in the UFC, as his highlight-reel victory from UFC 247 has been overturned to a no contest.
Per a report from ESPN’s Marc Raimondi, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) has overturned Newson’s victory over Domingo Pilarte from UFC 247 — which took place at the Toyota Center in Houston — to a no-contest due to a failed drug test. The change of result has been reflected on mixedmartialarts.com, the official online record-keeper of the sport.
Jason House of Iridium Sports, Newson’s manager, says the fighter tested positive for marijuana and faces a potential fine and suspension from the athletic commission. The suspension, if one is given, will possibly be no longer than 90 days. So long as the suspension is retroactive to the date of UFC 247, Pilrate will be allowed to return to action as soon as May 8.
Newson dropped Pilarte with an overhand right to score a knockout just 38 seconds into their bout, which served as a prelim on the UFC 247 card. The bout was Newson’s second in the Octagon; he debuted at UFC Minneapolis this past June, dropping a unanimous decision to Ricardo Ramos.
Newson made his MMA debut in September 2015, winning three straight before suffering his first professional defeat. He rebounded by winning six straight before being signed by the UFC. On the regional scene, Newson mostly competed for CageSport, winning the promotion’s bantamweight championship as well as the Prime Fighting bantamweight championship.
UFC 247 was headlined by Jon Jones’ controversial UFC light heavyweight title defense over Dominick Reyes and Valentina Shevchenko retaining the UFC women’s flyweight championship against Katlyn Chookagian.