As first reported by Jason Floyd via Twitter, the Nevada Athletic Commission has suspended MMA fighter Kurt Holobaugh for 9 months for IV use in relation to a bout on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series in July.
Holobaugh defeated his opponent Matt Bessette. Following the bout Nevada brought disciplinary proceedings alleging Holobaugh used 50 mL or more of fluid from an IV during a six-hour period after the weigh-ins.
In a disciplinary hearing today Holobaugh admitted to the prohibited IV use and further to failing to declare this use on his pre-fight medical questionnaire.
The NAC handed him a 9 month suspension, $750 fine plus attorney fees and his victory against Bessette is overturned to a no-contest.
It is worth noting that there was some lack of clarity about whether Nevada prohibited IV use in recent years but this was changed last year when regulations were overhauled to expressly adopt the World Anti-Doping Agenncy’s list of prohibited methods in addition to substances.