Former UFC fighter Cody McKenzie has seen better days, especially after a recent meeting with the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) didn’t go his way.
MMA Junkie is reporting that the fighter has been handed a four year suspension from the NSAC for first refusing to take a drug test and then providing a fake urine sample. McKenzie wasn't in attendance at any point during the meeting and subsequent ruling by the NSAC.
A Nevada State Attorney General would issue the following statement during a meeting on November 14 about the situation surrounding McKenzie:
“On Sept. 14, 2018, prior to his contest at the Orleans Hotel, he was given a valid request by a commission representative to provide a urine sample before his bout, but the respondent, Mr. McKenzie, refused and declared that he was going to go to his room and would not provide a sample until it was closer to his bout. When the respondent did return and provide a sample, the sample itself registered as abnormally high – in temperature, that is. When he was confronted about this, he made several representations including that if, ‘this’ got out, he would lose his job, as well as an admission that he had smoked pot that day. When the respondent as asked if he had anything hidden on his person, had at first denied it, but upon further questioning, he ultimately relinquished from his clothing a bottle of urine substitute. This bottle, which he had concealed on his person, in his clothing, was capped with a nozzle that would let its liquid contents be streamed from it. The bottle, itself, contained a warm, yellow-tinted liquid that match the false contents of the sample he provided. Additionally, the bottle had a hand-warmer attached to it by a rubber band. This conduct by the respondent is not only an anti-doping violation, but it also violated other regulations that govern the commission.”
Besides the four year suspension, a fine of $944.84 must be paid by McKenzie before he can be deemed eligible to compete in the state of Nevada again.
McKenzie isn’t eligible to fight again until November of 2022, as the suspension is retroactive to the date of when the suspension was issued.