Cortney Casey Gets Suspension Lifted, UFC 211 Win Over Jessica Aguilar Reinstated

By Tristen Critchfield Jul 1, 2017


The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation has cleared Cortney Casey of any wrongdoing following a controversial failed drug test at UFC 211, according to reports by both BloodyElbow.com and MMAFighting.com.

The TDLR sent Casey a letter on Friday announcing its decision:

“After reexamination of the documents in our possession and careful examination of the Sample B results, your 90-day suspension is lifted effective June 29, 2017, the enforcement case dropped with no further action taken, and the bout “win” reinstated on your record.”

The TDLR’s decision comes after the UFC released a statement criticizing the commission for its decision to suspend Casey and overturn her victory against Jessica Aguilar on May 13 to a no contest. Casey was flagged for a testosterone to epitestosterone ratio of 5.4:1, which is above the allowable limit of 4:1 in Texas.

However, Casey’s ‘B’ sample came back negative for banned substances following isotope-ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS) testing done at a WADA-accredited SMRTL lab in Salt Lake City. The IRMS test was necessary to determine if Casey took anything illegal or if her epitestosterone level was simply low. Both the UFC and the TDLR received the results of the second test, and UFC vice president of athlete health and performance Jeff Novitzky criticized the commission for releasing the results of the initial test and punishing Casey before a second test could be conducted.

In the letter, TDLR executive director Brian E. Francis apologized “for the delay in my decision.” As a result, Casey will get her unanimous decision win over Aguilar back, raising her UFC mark to 3-3 and her career record to 7-4.

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