Niko Price Banned For Six Months, ‘Cowboy’ Draw Overturned Due To Positive Marijuana Test

Niko PriceUFC welterweight Niko Price faces six months on the sidelines due to a positive test for marijuana in the aftermath of his fight with Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone in September. The Nevada State Athletic Commission handed down the punishment on Tuesday. Price has also been fined $8500 and his draw with Cerrone has been overturned – […]

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UFC welterweight Niko Price faces six months on the sidelines due to a positive test for marijuana in the aftermath of his fight with Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone in September.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission handed down the punishment on Tuesday. Price has also been fined $8500 and his draw with Cerrone has been overturned – it has now been declared a no-contest.

Price took to social media to react to the news and thank fans for their support, he wrote.

“Thank you all for the kind words. I’ll be back and ready to throw down right away after this suspension in march/April @ufc @seanshelby #ufc”

In June a report found that almost half of UFC fighters use marijuana which is now legal in many American states including Nevada. UFC president Dana White claimed he was trying to “loosen” rules on weed after several fighters including Price received suspensions for testing positive for the drug.

“I didn’t even know (about Price being suspended). We’ve been working on (changing the marijuana rules) for a long time,” White said. “I’m surprised that actually happened. They must have been way over the threshold then. I didn’t even know,” White said.

“I don’t think you can’t test,” White added. “When you’re in-competition you have to test these guys. You can’t let somebody go into the ring high. It just can’t happen, you know? So yeah. I don’t know what to do with that. But we’re trying to, you know, what’s the word I’m looking for, we’re trying to loosen it up. But at the same time, you can’t have guys showing up high.”

Unfortunately for Price those changes haven’t come about fast enough. He will now have to give up a significant piece of his fight purse, sit out for some of 2021 and see one of the biggest results of his career overturned.

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Niko Price Suspended Six Months After Testing Positive for Marijuana

Niko Price has been suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for six months after testing positive for marijuana. After UFC Vegas 11, Niko Price was hit with a temporary suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) for the prese…

Niko Price has been suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for six months after testing positive for marijuana. After UFC Vegas 11, Niko Price was hit with a temporary suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) for the presence of elevated THC levels. It has been revealed that Niko Price tested positive for […]

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Donald Cerrone Says Niko Price Fight Was The ‘Worst Performance I’ve Ever Had’

Donald Cerrone believes he had the worst performance of his career against Niko Price at UFC Vegas 11. In the first couple of minutes, Price was landing heavy shots against ‘Cowboy’ and many thought he would score a KO win. Yet, Price had b…

Donald Cerrone believes he had the worst performance of his career against Niko Price at UFC Vegas 11. In the first couple of minutes, Price was landing heavy shots against ‘Cowboy’ and many thought he would score a KO win. Yet, Price had back-to-back eye pokes and was deducted a point. Due to the point, […]

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Cowboy Cerrone, Niko Price Battle To Majority Draw – UFC Vegas 11 Highlights

CerroneForcing a point deduction in the opening-frame – Niko ‘The Hybrid’ Price landed two inadvertent eye pokes to each of Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone’s eyes, in a hugely-entertaining three-round co-headliner. Unloading the tank early, the often unorthodox Price threw flurry after flurry, landing elbows aplenty at the fence opposite a resilient, Cerrone. Mixing up his strikes […]

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Forcing a point deduction in the opening-frame – Niko ‘The Hybrid’ Price landed two inadvertent eye pokes to each of Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone’s eyes, in a hugely-entertaining three-round co-headliner.

Unloading the tank early, the often unorthodox Price threw flurry after flurry, landing elbows aplenty at the fence opposite a resilient, Cerrone. Mixing up his strikes well – BMF Ranch owner Cerrone seemed to improve the longer the fight played out, as is the usual norm for the veteran. Receiving a dubious 29-27 judging in his favour, future Hall of Famer Cerrone managed to claw a majority draw, with two judges marking a 28-28 as a result of the indavertent eye pokes from Florida native, Price.

Below, check out the highlights from the entertaining clash between Cerrone and Price.

UFC on ESPN+ 36 Highlights: Donald Cerrone vs. Niko Price Ends In Majority Draw

Donald Cerrone vs. Niko Price put on a memorable performance.  The two fighters met in a welterweight bout on Saturday night (September 19, 2020) at the UFC on ESPN+ 36 event from Las Vegas, Nevada at the UFC APEX. Cerrone had a rocky first round …

Donald Cerrone vs. Niko Price put on a memorable performance.  The two fighters met in a welterweight bout on Saturday night (September 19, 2020) at the UFC on ESPN+ 36 event from Las Vegas, Nevada at the UFC APEX. Cerrone had a rocky first round as he was nearly finished thanks to Price unloading on […]

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Donald Cerrone & Niko Price Fight To Three Round Draw – UFC Vegas 11 Results

Donald CerroneIn the UFC Vegas 11 co-main event MMA veteran Donald Cerrone returns for the first time since suffering a quick stoppage loss against Conor McGregor at UFC 246 in January. He takes on the always game Niko Price in what promises to be a highly exciting welterweight fight for as long as it lasts. Round […]

Donald Cerrone

In the UFC Vegas 11 co-main event MMA veteran Donald Cerrone returns for the first time since suffering a quick stoppage loss against Conor McGregor at UFC 246 in January. He takes on the always game Niko Price in what promises to be a highly exciting welterweight fight for as long as it lasts.

Round 1: Donald Cerrone lands a hard low kick early, Niko Price returns. Price lands a big right and senses his opponent is hurt. He’s putting it on Cerrone. Lot’s of volume and ‘Cowboy’ doesn’t seem to be able to defend himself. They break for a moment before Price lands another big shot that starts another flurry. He’s hitting Cerrone with everything he’s got but the MMA veteran is refusing to fold. Cerrone grabs the clinch and lands a knee to the body which finally backs up Price. ‘Cowboy’ seems to have survived the early onslaught and is now finding his range. Another nice knee to the body. His momentum is interrupted by an accidental eye-poke. The always game Cerrone takes about three seconds before telling the referee he’s ready to go. Price comes in swinging once again. Cerrone keeps going upstairs with the head kick. It’s not landed cleanly yet but Price is open to it. Another eye poke! Cerrone takes a little bit longer to recover from this one. Referee Jason Herzog deducts a point from Price – that could be huge. Both men swing to the buzzer! As advertised this fight is a barn-burner. Onto round two we go.

Round 2: Price rattles off several good legs kicks to start the round. A nice hook from Price. He follows it up with a body shot. It’s a slightly more methodical Price in round two but just as effective. Cerrone dips down and comes up with a uppercut. Both men swing in the pocket. ‘Cowboy’ is doing really nice work to the body. His jab is starting to cause Price problems. A slower pace in round two, Price’s corner tell him to pick it back up. Cerrone slips and comes up with the uppercut again. Price has certainly picked up the pace since getting a telling off from his team. His strike numbers must be really adding up right now. Cerrone is using the forward pressure of his opponent against him – he lands a beautiful elbow. They continue to go at it until the horn sounds to end round two.

Round 3: Price aggressive again, throwing heavy leg kicks at the start of this round. Cerrone catches a kick and tries to drag this fight to the mat. He seems to almost have the back but Price pops back up. Back to the boxing range and Price is getting the best of it. ‘Cowboy’ is still in this fight throwing several punch combos that always finish with a kick up to. A double eye-poke brings another brief stoppage to this fight. We are back underway and Cerrone shoots for a takedown. He transitions to the back before putting in the hooks. Cerrone is a little high. Price is trying to shake him off and eventually manages to do so. He rushes in and eats an up kick for his efforts. Cerrone stands back up and it’s back to exchanging shots. ‘Cowboy’ put together a good few shots in succession. Price is looking tired – he shoots for the takedown but doesn’t get it. Cerrone lands a kick upstairs as the clock ticks down. Both men let it all hang out right to the final bell. WHAT A FIGHT!

OFFICIAL RESULT: Donald Cerrone vs. Niko Pirce is a majority draw