The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation on Monday revealed to MMAWeekly.com that UFC fighter Jessica Eye tested positive cannabinoids following UFC 166 in October in Houston. Cannaboids are the chemical compound found in marijuana.
The TDLR provided copies of the order to change the result of Eye’s fight with Sarah Kaufman from a victory to a “no decision,” as well as her signed settlement agreeing to a penalty of $1,875 and a one-year probated suspension, which means she is allowed to fight as long as she meets the terms of the settlement agreement.
Eye, according to the TDLR documentation, was issued a notice of the alleged violation in a letter dated Nov. 26, 2013. The TDLR received the settlement agreement signed by Eye on Jan. 15, 2014.
The one-year probated suspension started on Jan. 22, 2014, which is the date the Administrative Order was issued.
Despite having signed documents agreeing to the fine and suspension, and waving her right to a hearing on the matter, Eye initially seemed surprised when news of the decision of her fight with Kaufman being overturned first surfaced, and indicated that the penalties stemmed from her making a mistake on her licensing paperwork for the bout.
@motmaitre I plan to!this all happening quick. I made a mistake not listing ,now I dealing with it.So give me minute gather myself.
— Jessica Eye (@jessicaevileye) February 4, 2014
Eye is currently scheduled to fight Alexis Davis in a pivotal women’s bantamweight bout at UFC 170 on March 22 in Las Vegas.
Despite the penalties imposed by the TDLR, and because her suspension is fully probated, to date, she intends to fight at UFC 170 and the UFC has stated that it doesn’t intend to remove her from the fight.
“I was recently alerted to the fact that I was issued a fully probated suspension and fine by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. While I intend to discuss with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation the overturning of my victory at UFC 166, I have accepted the terms of the probation and intend to compete at UFC 170 on Feb. 22,” said Eye in a statement issued on Feb. 5.
“I pride myself on following the rules and representing my family, teammates, sponsors, and fans in the best light possible. I apologize for any distractions this has caused.”
The UFC issued it’s own statement concurrently:
“The UFC received word of the fully probated suspension and fine issued to Jessica Eye by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. The UFC intends to honor the probation, which will not force Eye to miss her scheduled bout at UFC 170.”
During the Monday, Feb. 10, episode of The MMA Hour, Eye was still vague about the circumstances of her infraction.
“I’m continuously trying to clear the air for you guys, but … I don’t want to say anything for anyone to use against me, but there were some mistakes that I made on my behalf that I didn’t give enough knowledge (to the commission) ahead of time,” she said.
“It was just something, I made a mistake on my behalf. I’m going to continue to push forward and just not let anything like this ever happen again, or ever leave any kind of allegations out there to be kind of put out there about me.”
Eye’s manager, Greg Kalikas, on Monday, provided a brief statement backing his fighter and ensuring that she would be on point for UFC 170.
“I can assure you that Jessica has fulfilled all of her required obligations for the UFC and Nevada state athletic commission,” Kalikas told MMAWeekly.com. “She will be fighting Alexis Davis as scheduled at UFC 170 in Las Vegas. Right now this fight is her main priority and [she] will fully focus all of her attention on Alexis moving forward.”