UFC: Deron Winn Suspended for Amphetamines, Three Others Benched for Marijuana

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Deron Winn Credit: Joe McDonagh/Cageside Press

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has handed down a number of suspensions to UFC athletes for failed drug tests.

The NSAC met Thursday, with Deron Winn, Luis Pena, Tim Elliott, and Jamahal Hill on the docket. And while Pena, Elliott, and Hill received reduced sentences after testing positive for marijuana, Winn’s situation was a little more dire.

Per a report by MMA Fighting, Winn (6-2) tested positive for amphetamines in a test administered in conjunction with UFC 248, where he suffered a submission loss to Gerald Meerschaert.

Thanks to that positive test, Winn has been suspended nine months by the athletic commission. The ban is retroactive to March 7, 2020, the date of the event, meaning he’ll be able to return this December. In addition to the suspension, Winn was hit with an $1,800 fine, will have to pay court costs, and provide clean drug tests prior to returning to competition.

Winn reportedly admitted to violating NSAC rules in a settlement reached with the commission. He had been eligible for a suspension of up to two years.

Hill, Elliott, and Pena, meanwhile, were also handed fines in addition to six month retroactive suspensions. They’ll be handing over 15% of their show money from their most recent bouts. Court costs will also have to be paid, and payment arrangements made plus clean drug tests provided before they can return to action. They had been facing between nine months and two years on the shelf.