UFC Veteran Cody McKenzie Handed 4-Year Suspension for Submitting Fake Urine Sample

By Tristen Critchfield Nov 14, 2018

Cody McKenzie tried to pull a fast one before his most recent scheduled bout, and now the former UFC talent has to suffer the consequences.

McKenzie was suspended four years by the Nevada State Athletic Commission on Wednesday for refusing to take a drug test before later submitting a fake urine sample in relation to a bout against JD Domengeaux at a Tuff-N-Uff show in Las Vegas this past September. The bout was canceled as a result.

McKenzie was not present at the NSAC hearing, and thus was found at fault for the allegations in the official complaint against him. The official complaint, courtesy of MMAjunkie.com, is as follows:

On Sept. 14, 2018, prior to his contest at the Orleans Hotel, he was given a valid request by a commission representative to provide a urine sample before his bout, but the respondent, Mr. McKenzie, refused and declared that he was going to go to his room and would not provide a sample until it was closer to his bout,” the complaint read. “When the respondent did return and provide a sample, the sample itself registered as abnormally high – in temperature, that is. When he was confronted about this, he made several representations including that if, ‘this’ got out, he would lose his job, as well as an admission that he had smoked pot that day.

“When the respondent as asked if he had anything hidden on his person, had at first denied it, but upon further questioning, he ultimately relinquished from his clothing a bottle of urine substitute. This bottle, which he had concealed on his person, in his clothing, was capped with a nozzle that would let its liquid contents be streamed from it. The bottle, itself, contained a warm, yellow-tinted liquid that match the false contents of the sample he provided. Additionally, the bottle had a hand-warmer attached to it by a rubber band. This conduct by the respondent is not only an anti-doping violation, but it also violated other regulations that govern the commission.”

One motion ruled that McKenzie receive a two-year suspension for “aggravating circumstances,” while an additional two-year sanction was added for demonstrating a “disregard for protocol.” He will also be required to reimburse the commission for $944.84 in case fees.

McKenzie appeared on Season 12 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” losing in the quarterfinals of the reality show. He then went 3-4 during an approximately three-year stint in the promotion. Since his release, the 30-year-old Alaska native has compiled a 2-7 mark while competing for various organizations.


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