Newson’s 38-Second Knockout Win Overturned Due To Marijuana
Looking for his first win in the UFC, Journey Newson will have to wait a little longer. The 31-year-old from Oregon’s win over Domingo Pilare back at UFC 247 in February has been ruled a no-contest.
According to ESPN, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation decided to change the ruling of the contest following a failed rug test. Jason House, Newson’s manager, stated that the failed test came from marijuana. Texas Commission law states that Newson could face a $5,000 fine as well as a suspension of his fight license. A date and statement on his punishment has not been announced yet.
After a stint at CageSport and Prime Fighting, Newson (9-2, 1NC) joined the UFC in June. He lost to Ricardo Ramos via unanimous decision. In what was supposed to be a rebound fight, Newson knocked Pilarte out in :38 seconds.
Texas has not joined several states that abide by the World Anti-Doping Agency’s relaxing stance on marijuana. Nick Diaz, Matt Riddle, Curtis Blaydes, Jessica Eye and a number of other fights have been affected by ruling related to marijuana usage.