After it was announced that Jessica Eye’s fight against Sarah Kaufman at UFC 166 had been overturned into a no contest, many suspected that it was due to how controversial the decision was, as no official reason was given. However, the fight that dates back to October 19 was reportedly overturned for a different reason altogether – a failed drug test for Jessica Eye. It is not yet known which drug she tested positive for, but claims suggest that Eye has received a one-year suspension as of January 22 and a $1,875 fine.
The Texas Athletic Commission have decided to overturn the decision almost four months after the fight in question, a surprisingly long time under the circumstances. Eye is scheduled to fight Alexis Davis at UFC 170, and it is yet to be seen whether Davis will be offered a replacement opponent or if the reports are debunked. To add more confusion into the matter, ‘Evil’ Eye composed this tweet shortly after reports surfaced on the internet of the failed drug test,
I PROMISE YOU I AM NOT SUSPEND and WILL BE FIGHTING FEB 22 as scheduled !! @UFC don’t believe everything you read online !
— Jessica Eye (@jessicaevileye) February 3, 2014
There has been no official word from the UFC, but a failed drug test would certainly explain the reason for TDLR’s decision to overturn the Eye-Kaufman outcome. If this is all a farce, then her bout with Davis will be still on and Jessica Eye will go down as one of the most unfortunate women in the UFC’s bantamweight division. Until official sources have confirmed, reaffirmed or denied the matter, it remains to be seen how valid the sources claiming Eye failed a drug test are.
MMAWeekly were the first to expand on the circumstances of the overturning, and noted that Eye’s camp may opt to protest against the charges. What an odd situation.