UFC: Casey should be exonerated

Cortney Casey “received negative and damaging backlash … resulting from a false-positive,” the Ultimate Fighting Championship said Thursday. AP file photo

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Cortney Casey “did not cheat nor break any rules,” the Ultimate Fighting Championship said in a statement Thursday, and the mixed martial arts circuit also sought to have the Texas commission that has suspended the Kahului strawweight reverse its decision.

“Following the results of the additional tests at the (World Anti-Doping Association) accredited laboratory, proving that Cortney did not cheat nor break any rules, UFC is requesting that the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) immediately reverse its ruling and exonerate Cortney of any wrongdoing,” the statement read in part.

Casey defeated Jessica Aguilar in Dallas on the UFC 211 card last month, but the fight was then ruled a no contest after the TDLR ruled that Casey tested positive for a testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio that surpassed its limit.

According to mmafighting.com, UFC vice president of athlete health and performance Jeff Novitzky said last week that Casey’s “B” sample came back negative for banned substances after testing done at a laboratory accredited by WADA. The WADA-accredited lab used isotope-ratio mass spectrometry testing, considered a more comprehensive method for examining testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratios.

“I’m still kind of waiting,” Casey said Thursday, noting that the Texas agency’s suspension still stood but expressing her appreciation for the UFC.

“They stood behind me this whole time,” she said.

With the fight against Aguilar still listed as a no contest on ufc.com, Casey has a 6-4 record (2-3 in the UFC). She is ranked 13th in her weight class.

In Thursday’s statement, the UFC said it “has made it very clear that it takes anti-doping very seriously, instituting the most comprehensive anti-doping program in sports. One of the keys to this program, and any effective, world-class program, is ensuring that all athletes are treated to proper due process.

“UFC strawweight Cortney Casey’s recent case, stemming from her fight in Dallas on May 13, 2017, is a perfect example of the type of negative and damaging backlash for an athlete resulting from a false-positive. There is no better example than this for the need to have proper due process and testing in combat sports and professional sports anti-doping.”