The commission today approved settlement agreements with all three fighters at its meeting, though details as to what exactly the parties agreed to remained scarce.
Commissioners did not explicitly identify the terms of any of the three settlements – except to say that the penalty for Jones’ failed drug test prior to UFC 200 was an “identical penalty” to the one handed down by USADA following the former UFC light heavyweight champ’s arbitration hearing.
Jones (22-1 MMA, 16-1 UFC) was suspended for one year due to his violation of the UFC’s anti-doping program, which he blamed on a tainted sexual enhancement supplement. The penalty would leave him unable to compete until July 7, 2017.
Nevada commissioners remarked that they were unable to levy a fine in Jones’ case since his violation caused him to be pulled from his planned UFC 200 fight with Daniel Cormier before the bout took place. Commissioners also said that the one-year suspension for Jones was “in accordance with our first-time offense (guidelines) for the issue at hand here.”
In the case of Diaz (19-11 MMA, 14-9 UFC), however, the commission offered even less information as to the terms of the settlement for the bottle-throwing incident he engaged in with Conor McGregor prior to UFC 202 in August. Apart from calling it “in accordance with consistence” with the penalty handed down to McGregor, the commission provided no information as to what penalties Diaz would face.
But according to ESPN.com’s Brett Okamoto, Diaz agreed to be fined 2.5 percent of his $2 million fight purse – $50,000 – and serve 50 hours of community service. McGregor has petitioned for judicial review of his penalty at the hands of the commission.
As for Lesnar (6-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC), Okamoto reports that he agreed to a $250,000 fine and a one-year suspension as penalty for his failed drug tests at UFC 200. Representatives for Lesnar requested a continuance in the case on the grounds that the fighter was having various creams and medications tested for potential contamination that may have cause the positive test for clomiphene, a banned substance.
The commission did not reveal any details about that settlement during its meeting, much to the chagrin of Joseph Gonnella, a representative for Mark Hunt, who lost a unanimous decision to Lesnar that night.
Gonnella asked to be heard prior to the commission’s vote to accept the settlement with Lesnar, a deviation from standard procedure that caused some initial confusion among NSAC commissioners. Instead, his remarks were pushed to the public comment section at the end of the meeting, at which point Gonnella said he would refrain from comment since he hadn’t been provided with a copy of the adjudication agreement prior to its unanimous passage.
The result of the Hunt-Lesnar bout at UFC 200 has been changed to a no-contest.
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