Cortney Casey fails anti-doping test, win over JAG changed to NC

Friday, May 26, 2017

UFC women’s strawweight Cortney Casey put on an impressive performance vs. Jessica Aguilar at UFC 211: Miocic vs. dos Santos 2 on May 13, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. UFC fighters are subject to anti-doping testing from the league, administered independently by the US Anti-Doping Agency. They are also regularly tested around fight time by the commission regulating the fight. In this case, it was the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) which administered the flagged test. The commission has now changed the win to a No Contest, and suspended Casey for 90 days.

The cause of the test was an elevated testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio. Anything over 4:1 is flagged in Texas, and Casey’s was 5.4:1. WADA also uses the 4:1 ratio, but as a trigger for a more specialized isotope-ratio mass spectrometry test, rather than a cause of sanction in and of itself. Policy in Texas is to follow up with a test if the fighter discloses use of anything that could elevate testosterone levels artificially. As Casey did not disclose anything, there will apparently not be any further testing. She will be subject to the 90-day suspension, a fine which is typically $2,000, and her win will be changed.

Marc Raimondi for MMA Fighting reached out to UFC vice president of health and performance Jeff Novitzky for comment.

“We have not been informed by USADA of anything regarding a potential anti-doping policy violation for Cortney Casey,” said the league’s drug czar. “No positive tests, no suspicion of anything — now or in the past. USADA has not been in contact with us about anything at all related to that.”