UFC bantamweight Miles Johns will stay on momentary suspension pending an adjudication settlement with the Nevada Athletic Fee (NAC) following a failed drug take a look at in relation to his battle on Sept. 23.
On Tuesday throughout a month-to-month fee assembly, Mike Detmer, deputy legal professional common for the state of Nevada, revealed that Johns examined optimistic for the M3 metabolite, which is present in DHCMT — higher generally known as oral turinabol, an anabolic steroid.
Johns had his momentary suspension prolonged and a disciplinary listening to is anticipated to happen at a later assembly.
The M3 metabolite ought to sound acquainted after Jon Jones endured a long-running saga surrounding his personal drug testing historical past whereas coping with the identical substance. Jones constantly examined optimistic for hint quantities of the M3 metabolite, which at the least performed some half within the UFC and USADA amending guidelines the place fighters who take a look at optimistic for that substance want to interrupt a sure threshold earlier than dealing with potential punishment.
In the course of the fee assembly, Hunter Campbell, the UFC’s chief enterprise officer, appeared to debate potential adjustments to the testing thresholds within the state, with the M3 metabolite talked about particularly as one of many medicine that has been flagged prior to now.
NAC government director Jeff Mullen really helpful that any take a look at returned that was beneath the thresholds for these particular substances — GW1516, Dehydrocloromethyltestosterone (DHCMT) long run metabolite (M3), Clomiphene, Epitrenbolone (Trenbolone metabolite), and Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators (SARMS) — could be flagged as atypical however wouldn’t instantly set off a suspension.
Solely after an investigation with mitigating circumstances would a fighter then face potential self-discipline on account of the optimistic drug take a look at.
The UFC adapted identical rules back in 2019 to fight in opposition to conditions like what occurred with Jones or the same circumstance with ex-UFC fighter Nate Diaz after Diaz was flagged for a failed drug take a look at previous to his bout in opposition to Jorge Masvidal.
The brand new thresholds weren’t particularly revealed through the assembly on Tuesday, however Detmer mentioned that the degrees for the varied medicine would get handed alongside for the file with the movement authorised.
What meaning for Johns stays to be seen based mostly upon the quantity of the M3 metabolite present in his drug take a look at pattern. His subsequent listening to will probably happen at a future fee assembly in December.
In the meantime, Contender Sequence fighter Chad Hanekom was suspended for 9 months after testing optimistic for cocaine surrounding his battle on the UFC APEX on Sept. 5. He misplaced the bout, so the consequence will keep the identical.
Hanekom will probably be suspended till June 5, 2024, and he faces a $750 high-quality in addition to $157.04 for prosecution charges. He may even need to bear normal testing procedures in Nevada if he seeks to get licensed once more sooner or later.