Kevin Lee gets six-month suspension and $16K fine for failed drug test

UFC welterweight Kevin Lee isn’t seeing any action for quite awhile. Per MMA Fighting, the Nevada Athletic Commission handed a six-month suspension on “The Motown Phenom” for testing positive for Adderall. At the time, Nevada had only issued a “temporary suspension” with no specific length of time. But on Wednesday, the NAC unanimously voted on…

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Kevin Lee gets six-month suspension and $16K fine for failed drug test
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UFC welterweight Kevin Lee isn’t seeing any action for quite awhile. Per MMA Fighting, the Nevada Athletic Commission handed a six-month suspension on “The Motown Phenom” for testing positive for Adderall.

At the time, Nevada had only issued a “temporary suspension” with no specific length of time. But on Wednesday, the NAC unanimously voted on the six-month ban, which means Lee will be out of commission until February 28, 2022.

Along with the suspension, the 29-year-old fighter will also have to pay a $16,500 fine, as well as $326 for administration fees. Lee must first settle the fines in full and submit a clean drug test before he’ll be eligible to apply for a new license in Nevada.

To his credit, Lee already owned up to his mistake.

“It wouldn’t have been an issue, but I got a little arrogant in it,” Lee said in a recent MMA Hour appearance. “I thought that I would be fine without it and that it would just get out of my system much faster.

“But I think with not cutting as much weight I just — I should have applied for the TUE. I’m still kind of kicking myself in the ass over it because it’s a legit prescription. It’s a legit diagnosis, and I think I just went about it in an unprofessional way to get that done.”

Lee (18-7) last fought at UFC Vegas 25 in August against Daniel Rodriguez. He lost via unanimous decision and is now on a two-fight skid.

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Milan Ordoñez
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Milan Ordoñez has been covering combat sports since 2012 and has been part of the Bloody Elbow staff since 2016. He’s also competed in amateur mixed martial arts and submission grappling tournaments.

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