Two days after news broke that bantamweight Jessica Eye (pictured) was issued a probated suspension from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation for failing her UFC 166 post-fight drug test, the UFC has addressed the issue … sort of.
Despite Eye’s flunked exam, for a banned substance that remains top secret, Eye will still be allowed to meet Alexis Davis at UFC 170 – just five months after her promotional debut against Sarah Kaufmann.
“The UFC received word of the fully probated suspension and fine issued to Jessica Eye by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation,” the UFC expressed in a statement. “The UFC intends to honor the probation, which will not force Eye to miss her scheduled bout at UFC 170.”
In addition to having her victory over Kaufmann overturned to a no contest, Eye was also docked $1,875 by the TDLR. As long as Eye complies with the administrative order, she can still fight in the interim.
“I was recently alerted to the fact that I was issued a fully probated suspension and fine by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation,” Eye added. “While I intend to discuss with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation the overturning of my victory at UFC 166, I have accepted the terms of the probation and intend to compete at UFC 170 on Feb. 22.
“I pride myself on following the rules and representing my family, teammates, sponsors, and fans in the best light possible. I apologize for any distractions this has caused.”
UFC 170 takes place February 22 inside Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.