NAC Suspends UFC's Kevin Croom, Contender Series Alum Jose Flores for Marijuana Use

By Tristen Critchfield Nov 4, 2020

UFC lightweight Kevin Croom and Dana White’s Contender Series alum Jose Flores each received four-and-a-half month suspensions from the Nevada Athletic Commission after testing positive for marijuana in relation to recent bouts.

The NAC issued the sanctions during a teleconference on Wednesday. Additionally, Contender Series heavyweight Chad Johnson received a nine-month term for testing positive for a banned amphetamine, while UFC welterweight Niko Price had a temporary suspension extended after testing positive for the prohibited cannabinoid carboxy THC in relation to his bout at UFC Fight Night 178 on Sept. 19.

Croom scored a major upset in his Octagon debut at UFC Fight Night 177, where he submitted Roosevelt Roberts with a guillotine choke 31 seconds into Round 1. Croom tested positive for marijuana in a pre-fight drug screening, which resulted in a suspension that ends on Jan. 26 and a $1,800 fine as well as fees totaling $145.36.

Flores, who was submitted in the opening round of a matchup with Jordan Leavitt on the Contender Series on Aug. 4, will see his suspension end on Dec. 4. He was fined $750 and must also pay $145.36 in fees.

Johnson, meanwhile, suffered a first-round knockout loss to Josh Parisian in a Contender Series bout on Aug. 18. The Roufusport heavyweight’s sanction lasts until May 18, and he also owes $750 in fines and $145.36 in prosecution fees.

Price battled Donald Cerrone to a draw on the date of his failed drug test at UFC Fight Night 178. The NAC hopes to resolve Price’s case at a hearing in December.

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