The three UFC competitors had their temporary suspensions extended by the Nevada Athletic Commission on Wednesday afternoon’s monthly meeting after they all tested positive for marijuana in their respective pre-fight screenings. All three suspensions will hold until a full disciplinary hearing at the next NAC meeting, expected to take place in September.
Pena’s (8-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) positive marijuana test came from a urine sample submitted on July 24, prior to his July 27 bout with Khama Worthy at UFC on ESPN 12. He lost via third-round submission.
Elliot’s (16-11-1 MMA, 5-9 UFC) positive test came on May 30 ahead of a flyweight contest against Brandon Royval at UFC on ESPN 9. He took the bout on short notice and lost via submission. Elliot went on to fight one more time, as he took on Ryan Benoit at UFC on ESPN 13 on July 16 in Abu Dhabi. Elliot’s temporary suspension officially kicked in on July 21.
Hill (8-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) also tested positive on May 30 at UFC on ESPN 9, but for a light-heavyweight contest against Klidson Abreu. The 29-year-old won via first round knockout, picking up his second win in the promotion.
It’s unclear at this time if the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, the UFC’s anti-doping partner, will also seek disciplinary action on the positive test.