Cynthia Calvillo Suspended 9 Months For Marijuana by Nevada Commission

Cynthia Calvillo will be out for nine months after she was suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission on Tuesday

Strawweight contender Cynthia Calvillo has been suspended for nine months by the Nevada State Athletic Commission after testing positive for marijuana following her last fight at UFC 219.

The suspension stems from an in competition drug test that came back positive for Carboxy-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — a metabolite of marijuana — following Calvillo’s loss to Carla Esparza at UFC 219 in Las Vegas on Dec. 30.

In addition to her suspension, Calvillo was fined $6,150, which equals out to 15-percent of her $41,000 fight purse. Calvillo will also have to submit a clean drug test before she’s able to receive a new fight license in Nevada again.

Calvillo was previously suspended for six months by USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) for the same drug test with the possibility of having her sentence reduced to three months if she completed a drug awareness program.

Calvillo’s sanction will run concurrently with the penalty from USADA but that means she will be out until at least Sept. 30 due to the longer suspension from Nevada.

The loss at UFC 219 was the first of Calvillo’s career and the result will remain unchanged regardless of her positive drug test.


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Damon Martin is a veteran mixed martial arts journalist who has been covering the industry since 2003 with bylines on FOX Sports, CNN, Bleacher Report and numerous other outlets.