Two fighters are currently facing possible lengthy suspensions from Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) as both Tim Elliott and Jamahal Hill tested positive for marijuana stemming from in-competition drug tests.
Both tests were administered for their respective fights at UFC on ESPN 9 on May 30, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada, which saw Elliott lose to Brandon Royval and Hill defeat Klidson Abreu via knockout (see it). Hill’s win will likely be overturned to a “No Contest,” giving him the first blemish of his otherwise mint record, which currently stands at 8-0 (2-0 UFC).
Per the ESPN report, both fighters are both temporarily suspended by NSAC and their sentences could be extended further at a later hearing. For now, both combatants are only facing disciplinary action from NSAC and not United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), which could obviously change at a moment’s notice.
In his defense, Elliott says the result can be attributed to the fact that he took the fight on short notice.
Took a short notice fight... My bad!! https://t.co/MoZXyttwym— Tim Elliott (@TElliott125) August 3, 2020
Interestingly enough, Elliott went on to compete six weeks after the bout for which he tested positive, defeating Ryan Benoit at UFC Fight Island 1 on July 15, 2020. NSAC likely didn’t have the results in before the, which would have certainly forced UFC to look for someone else to face Benoit.
Nevertheless, Elliott — who recently inked a new deal with UFC — and Hill now have to wait and see if they will be riding the pine for the remainder of the year ... and possibly the first part of 2021.