Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has released a statement regarding the failed drug test of women's bantamweight contender Jessica Eye, who was fined and suspended by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation earlier this month for an infraction dating back to last October.
See how it all went down here.
"The UFC received word of the fully probated suspension and fine issued to Jessica Eye by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation," the UFC release stated. "The UFC intends to honor the probation, which will not force Eye to miss her scheduled bout at UFC 170."
Eye saw her UFC 166 win over Sarah Kaufman changed to a "no decision" in wake of the ruling; however, her probationary suspension will allow her to compete at the upcoming UFC 170 pay-per-view (PPV) event, where she's expected to throw hands opposite Alexis Davis (details).
"Evil" addresses her suspension:
"I was recently alerted to the fact that I was issued a fully probated suspension and fine by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. While I intend to discuss with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation the overturning of my victory at UFC 166, I have accepted the terms of the probation and intend to compete at UFC 170 on Feb. 22. I pride myself on following the rules and representing my family, teammates, sponsors, and fans in the best light possible. I apologize for any distractions this has caused."
Unfortunately, it still doesn't tell us a whole lot about what happened.
Specifically, the "prohibited substance" that cause Eye to fail her drug test. A follow up from Bleacher Report indicates it may have been a blood thinner used to treat an existing condition, but it's unclear why she would not have originally applied for an exemption, much the same way Chris Leben was once granted a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for the prescription opioid medication Suboxone.
In the end, it doesn't really matter, since Eye is still a part of the UFC 170 fight card. In addition, she is expected to dispute the findings and will likely be subjected to additional testing by the Nevada State Athletic Comission (NSAC) for her upcoming fight.