The decision of Trevin Jones’ UFC debut has been changed.
On Wednesday, the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) officially changed the decision of Jones’ UFC on ESPN 15 win over Timur Valiev to a “no contest. The change was made due to Jones (12-6 MMA, 0-0 UFC) testing positive for marijuana in connection with his Aug. 22 fight at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
In addition to overturning Jones’ win, the NAC suspended Jones four-and-a-half months and fined him $1,800. Before he is relicensed in Las Vegas, Jones will also have to pay a prosecution fee of $145.36.
The Aug. 22 matchup was one Jones took on days’ notice. Stepping in as the biggest underdog on the card across all major online sportsbooks, against a former World Series of Fighting standout in Valiev (16-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), Jones absorbed a large amount of punishment in Round 1.
In Round 2, Jones turned the tables on Valiev, flooring the Russian fighter with a right hand before finishing the fight with follow-up punches. The win earned him a $50,000 bonus for “Performance of the Night.”
Jones was not the only Zuffa fighter on the NAC’s agenda on Wednesday. UFC light heavyweight Jorge Gonzalez was suspended 24 months, in conjunction with a previously accepted U.S. Anti-Doping Agency sanction.
Dana White’s Contender Series, Season 4 competitors Chad Johnson (amphetamine), Joe Pyfer (modulator metabolites), Jose Flores (marijuana), and Ty Flores (methylclostebol) also were addressed by the commission. No decision was reached on the four DWCS fighters, with hearings being tabled until a later date. All four fighters lost their respective DWCS bouts.