Jessica Eye’s controversial decision victory against Sarah Kaufman was overturned to a no-decision back in January. The odd thing is that her fight was back in October at UFC 166. When the news first surfaced, there were many questions as to why the result of the fight was changed but no answers.
To tell you the truth, I thought it had something to do with the judging from that fight. I attended UFC 166, and the entire building gasped in disbelief when Bruce Buffer announced the winner was Eye, even the group of people sitting in front of me sporting “Evil” Eye shirts.
It turns out that the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) overturned it the decision because Eye tested positive for cannabinoids. What is cannabinoids you ask? Well that’s just the stickiest of the ickiest stuff that Nick Diaz keeps getting suspended for. So I guess that means that Eye’s upcoming fight against Alexis Davis at UFC 170 is scratched and she will be serving a one year suspension for the infraction…right?
The TDLR sentenced Eye to a one year probation and a fine of $1875 and she is still slated to fight Davis on February 22nd. To me this blows my mind because the great Nick Diaz has been suspended for the same “crime”, if you will, twice!
Marijuana is not a performance enhancing drug, as a matter of fact, you can argue that it actually impairs the performance of the fighter taking the drug. What I don’t like is the discrepancy in punishments. What makes Eye’s case less severe than Diaz’s? If anything I believe that Eye’s is a worse violation than Diaz’s because Nick lives in California and has a license for medicinal use of the drug whereas Eye is from Ohio and marijuana is illegal for any reason in that state.
Being from Texas, I know that marijuana is illegal in this great state. The point I am trying to make is that it feels like Diaz got two years robbed from his illustrious career by other states’ athletic commissions coming down on him to the full letter of the law. Where Eye, on the other hand, just received what MMA Fighting’s Chuck Mindenhall called, “a slap on the wrist” for the same infraction. Was Diaz targeted because of his attitude in and out of the cage? Who knows? What I do know is that this entire incident is bizarre and we will see what the UFC decides to do with Eye, maybe a suspension is in order. If not, then it’s probably because Nick Diaz was right all along and the UFC is just trying to sell us “wolf tickets”.