Jessica Eye won a split decision victory over Sarah Kaufman at UFC 166 on Oct. 19 at the Toyota Center in Houston. That is until Saturday, when reports surfaced that the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation had changed the result to a “no decision.”
Initial reports did not include the reason for the result change, but the TDLR on Monday informed MMAWeekly.com that it was due to Eye testing positive for a banned substance at the time of the fight.
The substance she tested positive for was not disclosed, but Eye received a penalty in the amount of $1,875 and has also been suspended for one year from the date the Administrative Order was signed, according to TDLR officials.
That means that Eye is suspended for one year starting on Jan. 22, 2014, which is the date on the Administrative Order.
[UPDATE] The suspension, however, is a “probated suspension,” which means that it is more of a warning than a suspension. As long as Eye meets the terms of the Administrative Order, she can still fight during the year-long probated suspension.
Eye’s drug test infraction and suspension throws a cloud of concern over her scheduled fight against Alexis Davis, which is a pivotal women’s bantamweight bout slated for UFC 170 on Feb. 22.
Eye is currently ranked No. 5 and Davis at No. 3 in the UFC’s rankings for the division. The winner of their proposed fight would likely have been a step or two away from a title shot against the winner of the UFC 170 headlining bout between champion Ronda Rousey and challenger Sara McMann, depending upon what the plan is for the soon-to-be-returning Cat Zingano.
UFC officials at the time of publication had no comment on the situation or on whether or not Eye would still be allowed to fight at UFC 170.