Featherweight contender Diego Brandao has been handed a temporary suspension by The Nevada Athletic Commision (NAC), according to mmafighting.com.
Brandao tested positive for marijuana metabolites which exceeded the allowed limit. The failed test was during his most recent loss to Brian Ortega at UFC 195 in January.
Brandao, a winner of season 14 of The Ultimate Fighter has gone 6-4 in the UFC is considered one of the top Featherweights not ranked. His most notable loss was to Conor McGregor, a fight that headlined the o2 Arena in Dublin in 2014.
Marijuana use in the UFC has come under great scrutiny since the outrageous suspension handed to Nick Diaz last year. Diaz who was handed a five year suspension for his third offense has since had his punishment reduced to 18 months.
However with Marijuana legalized or on the bill to be legalized in morethan 30 states in America, pundits are becoming frustrated with such lengthy bans for a recreational drug.
Marijuana has no performance enhancing qualities but the bans for substance such as steroids and THT are similar or in some cases lesser than those of the use of recreational drugs. Obviously some punishment is required but perhaps a more lenient punishment such as just a fine.
Brandao will find himself in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commision in the near future to discover his punishment. We hope that sense prevails as the NAC have a history of egregious decisions.