During my daily browse of MMA news sites, I stumbled upon Yancy Medeiros a few weeks ago on Sherdog. On his record, it stated that his latest performance against Yves Edwards at UFC: Fight for the Troops 3 had been ruled a ‘No Contest’, though this wasn’t reported elsewhere. Without a reason given next to the ‘NC’ sign, I figured this was simply an error on the site.
However, UFC officials confirmed on Monday that Medeiros’s first round knockout of UFC lightweight veteran Yves Edwards in November had been overturned to a ‘No Contest’ due to a failed drug test. The drug in question is, once again, marijuana and opens the door to a number of questions from confused MMA fans and media members.
For one, as Rolo Lorenty explored in an article published today, why does Yancy Medeiros – like Jessica Eye – still fight in his scheduled bout, whereas Nick Diaz received a lengthy suspension when testing positive for the same substance? It may be a case of different commissions having different policies, but this is an issue for the UFC as a promotion as it is completely unfair and may encourage regular marijuana smokers, such as Diaz, to only fight in selected states who are less rigorous on marijuana policies?
Secondly, why are these failed drug tests being made official months after the events relating to the fighter in question? This was never a problem that the UFC had, but the two most recent announcements regarding failed drug tests relate to UFC 166 in October of last year, and UFC Fight for the Troops 3 which was held in early November.
Thirdly, if the UFC now recognise that marijuana is not a performance enhancer (or PED), why is it not legalised? Is a slap on the wrist, a fine and a No Contest necessary? If the drug doesn’t enhance the fighter’s performance, then it has not influenced how they have performed inside the cage, and therefore the fight should be ruled a contest, so to speak. Perhaps I am being cynical, but this whole No Contest and unclear suspension is a tad confusing for me.
It has been an odd (and entertaining) couple of weeks for the UFC, with failed drug tests, police stand-offs and an out-of-the-blue change of policy. Hopefully there will be entertainment inside of the cage at the upcoming UFC Fight Night 36 event.
Yancy Medeiros will face UFC newcomer Joe Ellenberger on April 26 at UFC 172, with both fighters hoping to secure their first (official) win inside the Octagon.