Niko Price has been suspended six months and fined $8,500 for a positive marijuana test in relation to his welterweight bout against Donald Cerrone at UFC Fight Night 178 on Sept. 19.
The Nevada Athletic Commission issued the sanction during a meeting on Wednesday. Additionally, Price’s draw with Cerrone was overturned to a no contest.
Price’s suspension is retroactive to the date of his positive test, so he will be eligible to compete again on March 19. Price was previously sanctioned for marijuana in relation to a victory over Alex Morono at UFC Fight Night 104 in Houston. That win was also changed to a no contest.
“Thank you for all the kind words,” Price wrote on Twitter. “I’ll be back and ready to throw down right away after this suspension in March/April.”
Price is 6-4 with two no contests during his UFC tenure. He owns notable wins against the likes of James Vick, Tim Means, Randy Brown and Alan Jouban.
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