On November 20, 2010 the UFC returned to Michigan for the first time in almost 15 years.
Regulation of MMA by the Michigan Unarmed Combat Commission has been under extraordinary criticism by the Association of Boxing Commissions, which recently took the unprecedented step of asking its member commissions to no longer recognize MMA fights taking place in Michigan.
Perhaps unsurprizingly, regulation of UFC 123 was not flawless. Time was not kept properly in the Gerald Harris vs. Maiquel Falcao fight, and the first round was ended prematurely, robbing Falcao of the opportunity to finish a choke he had applied.
Further controversy ensued when Nick Lentz was announced as the winner over Tyson Griffin by Split Decision. The vast majority of fans and professionals alike, including UFC President Dana White, thought Griffin was the winner.
Now BloodyElbow's Brent Brookhouse has discovered that Tyson Griffin was disciplined for testing positive for Marijuana, and that it was never made public.
A PDF on the State of Michigan website details what happened:
2. TYSON LEE GRIFFIN - Complaint No. 316174
The Commission reviewed the Stipulation and complaint. The respondent admits to violation of Sections MCL 338.3648(6)(a) and R 339.269(3). The Stipulation, in part, provides for the following:
a. At the next unarmed combat or boxing contest Respondent participates in as a contestant, within the State of Michigan, Respondent may be specifically selected for a post-contest urine screening to measure the presence of alcohol or drugs.
b. Respondent shall pay a fine in the amount of $250 within 60 days from the mailing date of the Final Order.
c. Failure to comply with the terms and conditions within 60 days from the mailing date of the Final Order shall result in a suspension of all licenses or registration renewals and denial of future applications for licensure until compliance is made.
d. Respondent license was summarily suspended for at least 100 days.
It was moved by Mr. Mueller and supported by Mr. Packer to accept the Stipulation. The motion passed unanimously.
A call (was made) to the Michigan Unarmed Combat Commission to determine why this information was never made public as well as to find out exactly what Griffin tested positive for. Carol Moultine of the commission informed me that the state followed their procedures exactly in this case and that if I wanted to know what Tyson tested positive for, I would have to file a Freedom of Information Act request to obtain the file.
That's exactly what I did and a week later I received the disciplinary action report for Griffin and found out that he had tested positive for Cannabinoids.
Why did Michigan not make this information public? The public pays for the government commission to operate and pays for tickets/pay-per-views for the events, anything the commission does should be made easily accessible for the public.
In the end we're left with a lot of questionable behavior around a simple 100 day license suspension during a time when drug testing is at the forefront of the media with Diaz's marijuana conviction and the continued presence of testosterone replacement therapy in the headlines.
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