Calvillo flagged by USADA for marijuana metabolites

January 17, 2018

USADA has flagged Cynthia Calvillo following an in-competition test taken in conjunction with her fight at UFC 219 last month.  The test showed traces of marijuana metabolites exceeding the decision limit by USADA.

Calvillo lost a split decision to Carla Esparza in a battle of strawweight contenders.  It was her first loss of her professional career.

Via UFC’s statement on Calvillo:

The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) informed Cynthia Calvillo of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation involving Carboxy-Tetrahydrocannabinol (“Carboxy-THC”) which is a metabolite of marijuana and/or hashish, above the decision limit of 180 ng/mL, stemming from an in-competition sample collected in conjunction with her recent bout in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 30, 2017, UFC 219: Cyborg vs. Holm.

Payout Perspective:

What a bad turn of events for the 30-year old Calvillo who may negotiate with USADA for a reduction of her suspension.  You might recall that Kelvin Gastelum was given just a 90-day suspension after he was flagged by USADA in April 2017.  This could be a blow for a promising star and the UFC’s strawweight division.  We shall see if she will receive a light sentence similar to Gastelum.

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