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UFC strawweight Cynthia Calvillo suspended six-months by USADA

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MMA: UFC 209-Cooper vs Calvillo Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) strawweight up-and-comer Cynthia Calvillo, 30, was lit by United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) after testing positive for marijuana metabolites in the wake of her UFC 219 loss to Carla Esparza last December in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The result was a six-month suspension from mixed martial arts (MMA).

The good news for Calvillo (6-1) is that her timeout is retroactive to her last fight, so she’s almost halfway there, and could reduce it even further by completing a USADA-approved drug awareness and management program.

She may still need to answer to Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) at some point, but is unlikely to face any serous punishment in the wake of her first offense. Calvillo currently sits at No. 9 in the official stawweight rankings (see them here).

Esparza, meanwhile, will move on to face top contender Claudia Gadelha at UFC 225 pay-per-view (PPV) event this June in Chicago.