Niko Price and Donald Cerrone fought to a majority draw in September of this year, but the result has now been amended to a no-contest ruling.
The reason is that Price tested positive for traces of marijuana post-fight, and it will also lead to him receiving a six month suspension and $8,500 fine.
This is the second time in his UFC career that Price has tested positive for marijuana, having previously had a knockout victory over Alex Morono back in 2017 also amended to a no-contest, which now leaves him with an overall 6-4 (+2nc) record in the Octagon.
Many fans have been left frustrated that Price has been punished for such a minor offense, but the fighter himself is doing his best to take it all in his stride, with the fact that it wasn’t another win that was being overturned likely helping to soften the blow.
“Thank you all for the kind words,” Price stated on social media. “I’ll be back and ready to throw down right away after this suspension in march/April.”
After their initial fight Price had told Cerrone that he would be happy to grant him a rematch to establish a clear winner, though as yet it’s unclear if ‘Cowboy’ wants to pursue that.